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16th Annual Environmental Awards Celebration

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Please join us on Wednesday, July 9 in Ann Arbor in celebrating the vision and achievements of Rich Vander Veen and Steve Hamilton—two outstanding environmental champions!
View ArticleJul 7, 2014

Rich Vander Veen: Guiding communities to clean-power prosperity

Michigan Environmental Report
Corn and soybeans are the cash crops for brothers Kent and Olin Humm, seventh-generation farmers near the Gratiot County village of Breckenridge. But the payments they receive for the four wind turbines on their 3,000 acres sure don’t hurt. “We’re not out working in the field today,” said Kent Humm in his workshop on a wet spring afternoon, “but we’re still making money.” That’s music to the ears of clean-energy entrepreneur Rich Vander Veen, the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Environmental Council’s Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.
View ArticleJul 3, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Latest state report on clean energy: Costs continue to drop

Michigan Environmental Report
Electricity from renewable clean energy sources in Michigan is at least 26 percent less expensive than comparable coal-fired electricity, according to an annual analysis by the Michigan Public Service Commission recently released.
View ArticleApr 23, 2014  •  Winter 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Report: Proposal 3 will reduce energy costs for Michigan ratepayers

Press Releases
Generating one quarter of Michigan’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 would not have a significant impact on electricity rates and would actually reduce energy costs in the long term, a study released today concludes.
Read MoreOct 2, 2012

25% by 2025: The Impact on Utility Rates of the Michigan Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard

Research Reports
America’s fossil fuel–dominated energy infrastructure is moving toward a more balanced system incorporating renewable resources that are clean, inexhaustible, and declining in costs. Michigan is part of this transition, one of 30 states with a requirement that electricity suppliers provide customers with a growing proportion of renewable energy. But at 10 percent by 2015, Michigan’s Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) is among the nation’s lowest. When that limit is reached, no further development is required under current law. An initiative on the November 2012 general election ballot, Proposal 3, is a Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard that would build on Michigan’s current RES. It would require electricity providers to use renewable resources for 25% of their generation by 2025. To protect consumers, the RES includes a cost cap ensuring that compliance with Proposal 3 cannot cause electric rates to increase by more than 1% in any year. Using data from the companies’ federal and state regulatory filings, forecasts by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and other available information, this analysis examines the likely effect of Proposal 3 on ratepayer electricity costs.
Download ReportOct 2, 2012

Ballot drive aims to let voters decide Michigan’s energy future

Michigan Environmental Report
One quarter of Michigan’s electricity would be generated from renewable sources by 2025 under a proposal that supporters hope to place on the November 2012 ballot. The state’s Board of Canvassers approved petition language for the issue on Jan. 20.
View ArticleApr 20, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Renewable Energy, Wind Power

By The Numbers

Michigan Environmental Report
60: Percentage of Michigan electricity generated by coal 1.8: Billions of dollars Michiganders send to other states to buy coal to generate electricity
View ArticleApr 5, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

Poll: Midwestern, Michigan voters favor transition toward clean energy sources

Press Releases
Almost 70 percent of Michiganders believe clean energy industries are job creators
Read MoreFeb 20, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Wind Power

Great Lakes chief Patty Birkholz: Wind energy can be part of a healthy energy mix for Michigan’s future

Michigan Environmental Report
Patty Birkholz, director of Michigan’s Office of the Great Lakes, talked wind energy recently with MEC member group Michigan Land Use Institute (MLUI). While she wouldn’t speculate about when – or how vigorously – Gov. Rick Snyder might take up the issue of offshore wind turbines, she did say the administration supports wind energy. 
View ArticleJan 31, 2012  •  January 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Renewable Energy

Wind and faith

Michigan Environmental Report
MEC member group Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL) brought together clergy from a half-dozen different faiths to tour the $440 million Gratiot County Wind Farm in November.
View ArticleDec 18, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

Study: More than 74,000 jobs will be created if clean energy ballot issue wins

Michigan Environmental Report
More than 74,000 Michigan jobs will be created if the Michigan Energy Michigan Jobs renewable energy ballot proposal passes in November, according to a new report from researchers at Michigan State University.
View ArticleAug 16, 2011  •  August 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Winds of change from Cape Cod

Press Releases
Federal approval of Cape Cod wind farm opens doors to North American offshore turbines; is a call to action for Michigan legislators
Read MoreApr 28, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power

Lake Michigan wind farm plan generates angst, highlights work of Wind Council

Michigan Environmental Report
Norwegian developers are proposing the state’s first offshore wind farm in Lake Michigan near Pentwater. The plan, for up to 200 turbines within two miles of Silver Lake sand dunes, has generated controversy statewide. Developer Scandia Wind Offshore LLC recently announced it was cutting the project size in half and moving it farther offshore in response to criticism. Although Scandia has not submitted any formal proposal for the wind farm, its publicity has brought the issue to the forefront of public discussion.
View ArticleMar 3, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Clean Energy

Tiny nation’s robust clean energy exports hold clues to remaking Michigan’s economy

Michigan Environmental Report
Copenhagen, Denmark—While policy makers in Washington and Lansing fight tooth-and-nail over how much support to provide clean energy industries, Denmark is charging full-speed ahead with a formidable array of government-backed technology innovations that have buoyed its economy, galvanized its citizens and made it a key exporter of renewable power ideas and hardware. Whether you admire or distrust the Danish approach that involves extensive government partnership and involvement with its citizens and private industry, one thing is clear: it has made the island nation a formidable global economic force that belies its tiny size.
View ArticleDec 1, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Wind Power

From auto parts to wind turbines: One company’s clean energy success story

Michigan Environmental Report
The future of Michigan’s clean energy manufacturing economy thrives in a pair of low-slung buildings in a sand-swept industrial park on Lake Michigan’s shore. Windspire wind turbines—a first generation of small windmills geared toward individual homes and businesses—are churned out by workers whose auto industry jobs have evaporated.
View ArticleJun 5, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Wind Power

Michigan’s offshore winds harbor vast potential for energy, economic development

Michigan Environmental Report
Our beloved Great Lakes are our nation’s most valuable fresh water haven. But in the age of peak oil, renewable energy standards and grandiose ‘Pickens like’ energy plans, our lakes’ second most plentiful resource lies hundreds of feet above the waters. That resource is offshore wind energy.
View ArticleDec 15, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Renewable Energy

Entrepreneurs to legislature: Give us the tools to make Michigan a wind power player!

Michigan Environmental Report
Hoping to rouse a legislature distracted by the state’s budgetary woes, wind energy experts and entrepreneurs addressed their role in Michigan’s economy at the "Manufacturing and Developing Wind Energy Systems in Michigan" symposium held Sept. 10 and 11 at Michigan State University.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Legislation
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