EGLE and partners collaborate on NextCycle Michigan

Leaders of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) and several public and private stakeholders convened in April to unveil a collaborative effort to spark a “recycling and recovery” economy in the state.

Grand Rapids receives approval for filtration plant solar project

The city of Grand Rapids’ work to supply its Lake Michigan Filtration Plant with on-site renewable solar energy is one step closer to reality thanks to an affirmative vote by the Grand Haven Charter Township Zoning Board of Appeals.

Consumers stays on track to deliver EV fast-charging stations

2020 didn’t turn out to be the milestone year Consumers Energy was hoping for with its PowerMIDrive program, but the Michigan utility kept some momentum on the road to Michigan’s clean energy future.

Grand Rapids to upgrade streets with LED lights

The Grand Rapids City Commission approved the adoption of LED lights for all neighborhood street lighting.

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch installing solar array

Herbruck’s Poultry Ranch is partnering with ES Services Company, a subsidiary of CMS Energy, to build an approximately 2-megawatt solar array at its Green Meadow Organics facility in Saranac.

DTE invests over $2B in Michigan businesses, $75M in West Michigan

DTE Energy announced it invested $2.2 billion with Michigan businesses in 2020, creating and sustaining more than 10,400 jobs across the state and exceeding its annual commitment by $200 million.

Utility unveils pilot carbon-offset plan

As part of DTE Energy’s 2050 net zero commitment, DTE Gas announced that it will offer customers a new way to reduce their carbon footprint.

Packaging company plugs into 178-kilowatt solar array

M-Industries announced a major step toward energy independence by having 419 solar panels installed on its factory roof.

CMS Energy names VP of operations performance

CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary Consumers Energy announced Christine “Chris” Wisniewski, currently executive director of operations performance analytics, was named vice president of operations performance, effective Monday.
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Michigan approves Great Lakes oil pipeline tunnel permits

TRAVERSE CITY — Michigan's environmental agency said Friday that it has approved construction of an underground tunnel to house a replacement for a controversial oil pipeline in a channel linking two of the Great Lakes.

Residential solar sees exponential growth

Residential solar saw a steep decline in installations early in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic swept the U.S., but POWERHOME SOLAR, a North Carolina residential solar company with strong business ties in Michigan, reported exponential growth last year.

Eldean Shipyard activates second solar array

Eldean Shipyard announced it installed and activated a second solar installation to generate electricity on-site at the marina.

CMS Energy announces SVP of operations

CMS Energy named LeeRoy Wells Jr. senior vice president of operations, effective Tuesday.

Consumers Energy CEO Poppe to step down; Rochow named as replacement

CMS Energy announced Patti Poppe is leaving the company, effective Dec. 1, to take the position of chief executive officer at PG&E Corporation in California.
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Consumers Energy demolishes power plant that served 76 years

ESSEXVILLE — Consumers Energy demolished a coal-fired power plant in Bay County that provided electricity for 76 years.

Consumers Energy offers businesses virtual energy consultation

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, Consumers Energy adjusted its work so it won’t have to meet business customers in-person to help them reduce their energy bills.

Developer builds 750K kilowatts worth of solar

While building owners are looking to keep their energy bills down during the summer, Ryan Leestma is touting the virtues of solar development.

Gas utility commits to net zero by 2050

DTE Energy announced an expansion of its 2050 net zero goal to include its gas subsidiary.

Consumers Energy offering free smart thermostats to 100,000 households

Consumers Energy announced a partnership with Google and Uplight to provide Google Nest thermostats to up to 100,000 households.

Firm will repurpose ash ponds

Consumers Energy again has contracted out-of-state professionals to help it move toward its zero-coal goal by 2040.

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