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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 for...

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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 $273...

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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 advocates hope a...

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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 goals...

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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, system...

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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 be...

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Transparency Instrumental in Successful Power Plant Project

Aaron Larson, Power Summary Public perceptions can make or break a project. One municipal utility found that out firsthand. When resistance grew strong against a new power plant it needed, the company rebooted and engaged with local stakeholders in a transparent decision-making process. The...

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Michigan Energy Office issues Combined Heat and Power report

Press Release, Michigan Agency for Energy LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Energy Office (MEO) today issued a report that provides a roadmap for Michigan to make Combined Heat and Power (CHP) a significant part of its future energy mix. CHP is a proven technology that provides a highly...


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Combined heat and power to backbone Ford research complex

Diarmaid Williams, Decentralized Energy Summary Ford’s new Research and Engineering Center is moving forward, with combined heat and power (CHP) and geothermal on-site power set to play a key part in its energy strategy. The project’s permit recently was approved by the Air Quality...

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DTE gets permit for new power plant at Ford research complex in Dearborn

Andrea Blum, Press & Guide Dr. Amy Schulz, professor of public health at The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, displays a map of the pollution in Dearborn during a March 20 community meeting about DTE Energy’s plan to build a new power plant on Ford Motor Co.’s Research and...