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Microgrids Meeting Tomorrow w/Michigan Public Service Commission features IDEA Members

IDEA has been supporting the Michigan Public Service Commission as they explore potential for integration of new technologies and business models for energy. Many weeks ago, we circulated the request for information and expert insights among MRC members. Eaton Corporation immediately...


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Biodigester Development Enters Homestretch

Grand Rapids Business Journal Summary The city of Grand Rapids’ ability to manage municipal solids in an environmentally sustainable manner — and produce natural gas, electricity and phosphorus through its new biodigester — is on the horizon. The city began its $38 million biodigester...


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TransAlta Buying Cogeneration Plant in Michigan for US$27 Million

Global News Summary TransAlta Corp. has acquired a cogeneration facility in Michigan from two private companies for approximately US$27 million. TransAlta chief executive Dawn Farrell says the deal marks the company’s first U.S. cogeneration project. It includes a single GE...


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Green Campus Revitalization

Drew Robb, Facility Executive Summary F ord Motor Company’s campus in Dearborn, MI stands as an enduring symbol of the American automotive industry. Its Ford Research and Engineering Campus (REC) was originally dedicated by President Eisenhower in 1953. That was followed by iconic Ford...


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Michigan Lawmakers Propose Microgrid Bill to Boost Resilience

Andy Balaskovitz, Energy News Network Summary The legislation would prohibit standby fees but allows an “equitable” cost of service charge by utilities. State Rep. Steven Johnson, a western Michigan Republican in his second term, says his first priority on energy policy is to “look out...


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MPSC approves DTE Electric rate increase, tree trimming, EV pilot, Ford plant

Crain's Detroit Business Summary Michigan utility regulators have approved a rate increase for DTE Energy Co.'s electric customers — amounting to about $6 more a month for residents — but less than what the utility sought. The Michigan Public Service Commission on Thursday approved the...

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Microgrid boosters hope Michigan 'energy district' will spur more interest

Andy Balaskovitz, Energy News Network A rendering shows the vision for a smart energy district in Jackson, Michigan. Photo by Consumers Energy Consumers Energy plans to combine solar and storage in a 4-square-block project in Jackson, Michigan. Summary Microgrid...


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Consumers Energy Sets Goals for Smart Energy District in Jackson, Including 40 Percent On-Site Renewable Energy

Consumers Energy, CSR Wire Summary JACKSON, Mich., Feb. 19 /CSRwire/ - Consumers Energy today announced its goals for the Jackson Smart Energy District , an efficient, affordable, clean energy hub in its hometown. The Jackson Smart Energy District aims to achieve 2040 Clean Energy...


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Martin Proposes Moving Past Solar to Cut Cord

Ryan Lewis, Allegan Co. News Summary Martin Public Schools may end up going further than its recent solar array to reduce its power bills. After swearing in new members at the school board meeting Monday, Jan. 21, superintendent David Harnish said a “combined heat and power,” or CHP,...


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What's with the steam? Your questions about Detroit's steamy sewers answered

Ken Haddad, Click On Detroit Summary DETROIT - If you've spent any time in Detroit, you've likely noticed the steam pouring out of certain manholes around the city. To many, the steam is a mystery. Sometimes the steam can be a scenic addition to the Downtown area, but sometimes it can...