Rowe: Government stacks deck against renewable energy The Detroit News, March 24, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder recently gave an address on energy and, as expected, his approach included market-based solutions, the notion that the market should take care of renewable energy development. As a professor of renewable energy and energy management for more than 30 […]
Gita Subramony for Zondits, March 19, 2015 Last year, Michigan policy-makers proposed questionable changes to the state’s definition of clean energy; a house bill attempted to expand clean energy to include the burning of waste material and garbage in order to meet the state’s clean energy goals. State representative Aric Nesbitt, who proposed the initial […]
Michigan’s crisis: Can the coal-heavy state embrace renewables and efficiency? Utility Dive, March 17, 2015 Michigan officials and electric utilities are rushing to solve the state’s power difficulties ahead of significant expected capacity shortfalls. Last week, Gov. Rick Snyder (R) unveiled a broad strategy that calls for significantly more renewables and energy conservation programs in a state traditionally […]
DTE Energy Boosts Agricultural Energy Efficiency Program Zacks, January 13, 2015 Detroit, MI-based DTE Energy Company (DTE – Analyst Report) announced that it has undertaken additional initiatives for enhancing agricultural energy-efficiency under its “Energy Efficiency Program for Business.” With 20 new measures in place, agricultural community members in Michigan can apply for cash incentives to help them reimburse cost […]
Michigan currently has renewable and efficiency goals for the state. These goals require that 10% of electricity should come from renewable sources such as wind and solar by 2015, and utilities are complying with this standard. Recently, some lawmakers tried to circumvent these rules.
The Michigan Public Service Commission says there was a nearly four-fold return on utilities’ energy efficiency programs in 2013. State natural gas and electricity providers spent $253 million on programs to weatherize homes and replace inefficient water heaters, HVAC systems, and boilers with efficient models.