MPSC approves DTE Electric, Consumers Energy special rates

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) approved requests by the state’s two largest electric utilities to provide special rates to help attract and retain advanced manufacturing in the state.
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Enbridge seeks federal jurisdiction in oil pipeline dispute

TRAVERSE CITY — Enbridge Energy moved Wednesday to shift to federal court a Michigan lawsuit seeking shutdown of an oil pipeline that runs beneath a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

Consumers Energy grant supports forestry

Muskegon neighborhoods are surrounded by new trees, thanks to a $2,500 grant from the Consumers Energy Forestry Department.
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White House: US will discuss Michigan pipeline with Canada

TRAVERSE CITY — The U.S. and Canada will discuss the future of an oil pipeline that crosses part of the Great Lakes and is the subject of rising tension over whether it should be shut down, the White House said Monday.

Church turns to sun for energy

A local church is now using solar panels for its electrical source.

DTE Energy Foundation gives grants to local organizations

DTE Energy Foundation awarded $351,000 in grants to seven West Michigan organizations focused on human needs.
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Canada cites US treaty in pipeline dispute in Michigan

DETROIT — Canada invoked a treaty with the United States and asked a judge Monday to suspend litigation over Michigan’s effort to shut down a Great Lakes oil pipeline.
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Deal to provide clean energy to seven Michigan parks, offices

LANSING — Michigan’s Department of Natural Resources has signed an agreement to buy energy for seven state parks and offices in southwestern Michigan.

Clean energy sector surges

(As seen on WZZM 13) More than 113,400 Michiganders worked in alternative energy at the end of 2020, according to a study released by the Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2) and Clean Energy Trust.
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Some schools closed, power out in Michigan storm’s wake

MUSKEGON — Classes were canceled in a western Michigan school district Wednesday as crews worked to restore power and clear debris from a storm that swept across the state.

DTE Energy opens new $7.5M gas facility in Walker

DTE Energy spent $7.5 million to open a new hub in Walker for its Gas Renewal Program operations in northern and West Michigan.

City, energy firm offset carbon toward net-zero goal

Vicinity Energy, owner and operator of district energy systems across the nation, announced it has purchased carbon offsets for its Grand Rapids district energy operations, with hopes of offsetting carbon emissions in the city by 95,400 metric tons over a three-year period.
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Michigan regulators to probe utilities on power outages

LANSING — A Michigan commission will examine data and practices from its regulated electric companies after more than 1 million residents were left without power due to storms earlier this month.

Energy-intensive industries work to reduce footprint

 Industries such as steel, cement, chemical and automotive are working to become more energy-efficient by implementing the use of renewable resources, experts say.

Companies team up to support electric vehicle recycling

As electric vehicle demands grow, one focus of concern is how to make them more environmentally sustainable.

Michigan has most potential for offshore power generation

Coastal wind is a strong, consistent power source, and Michigan’s more than 3,000 miles of coast could provide double the electricity residents used from all sources in 2019.

Consumers Energy speeds up transition to zero coal

Consumers Energy recently announced a sweeping proposal to stop using coal as a fuel source for electricity by 2025 — 15 years faster than currently planned.

Michigan offers funds for alternative energy vehicles

LANSING — Michigan is spending $30 million to help public companies and private businesses buy low-emission freight trucks, buses, tugboats and cargo handling equipment.

Stay-at-home Michigan residents used 5% less juice in 2020

LANSING — Meetings at home, virtual classes, computers running, lights on, heat or air conditioning cranked up, it may feel like 2020 was the year of using more energy.

Consumers Energy aims to fast-track Michigan’s EV transition

Consumers Energy is offering more electric vehicle rebates in a new program to help businesses statewide transition to carbon-free electric vehicles.

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