Barry Goldwater, Jr. speaking at the 2015 Arizona Young Americans for Liberty State Convention at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

Q&A: Barry Goldwater, Jr.’s fight for solar power

Barry Goldwater, Jr. is a prominent conservative and chairman of the group Tell Utilities Solar won’t be Killed (TUSK). Goldwater and his associates are pushing for net metering solar policies that are favorable to utility customers in 17 states across the country, including Michigan, Wisconsin, Indiana and Kansas. Last week Goldwater talked with Midwest Energy News about utility arguments, "green tea" and splits within the Republican Party.

The fate of the Presque Isle Power Plant near Marquette, Mich. could complicate the state's compliance with the Clean Power Plan.

Michigan announces state-based strategy to comply with Clean Power Plan

More than half of Michigan’s renewable energy capacity will not count towards its carbon-reduction goals under the federal Clean Power Plan, state officials said today. Due to the state’s “aggressive” renewable portfolio standard passed by the Legislature in 2008, a majority of the generation installed since then will likely not receive credit under the plan.

Solar panels at Dow Diamond in Rep. Gary Glenn's district.

Michigan tea party legislator pushing for more clean energy

A Michigan lawmaker more widely known for his strongly conservative positions on social issues may be an unlikely ally for those pushing for more clean energy here. State Rep. Gary Glenn, a first-term Tea Party Republican, says he is preparing to release an energy package next month that would encourage distributed generation and allow ratepayers to buy renewable energy from alternative suppliers.

Ludington Pumped Storage

Is a Michigan hydro pumped storage facility clean and renewable? Lawmakers, experts disagree

The Ludington Pumped Storage hydroelectric facility in western Michigan is a clean and renewable energy source that should receive credits for its ability to reduce carbon emissions, according to various state and federal lawmakers. But amid comprehensive energy policy proposals at the federal and state levels, debate swirls over whether the operation along Lake Michigan is actually clean or renewable.