World’s Longest Under-Sea Power Cables Brings hydropower To Britain From Norway

BLYTH, United Kingdom - The world's longest under-sea power cables, stretching from Norway to Northumberland, should reduce the UK's carbon emissions as well as customer bills, according to experts. The 450-mile-long North Sea Link connects the UK to Norway's power grid, which is almost entirely sourced from clean hydro-electricity. From today, two parallel cables will

By |2021-10-10T16:08:30-04:00October 10th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

Iron Battery Breakthrough Could Eat Lithium’s Lunch

DETROIT - The world’s electric grids are creaking under the pressure of volatile fossil-fuel prices and the imperative of weaning the world off polluting energy sources. A solution may be at hand, thanks to an innovative battery that’s a cheaper alternative to lithium-ion technology. SB Energy Corp., a U.S. renewable-energy firm that’s an arm of

By |2021-10-10T16:09:00-04:00October 10th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

Report: 113,400 Michiganders Work In Clean Energy, Electric Vehicles in 2020, Down 9.5 Percent

LANSING – A new report contends more than 113,400 Michiganders worked in clean energy and clean vehicles at the end of 2020, but due to the impact of COVID-19, the 2020 total represents a 9.5 percent decrease from 2019, or 11,900 jobs. The report from Environmental Entrepreneurs and Clean Energy Trust comes as Congress and

By |2021-08-21T07:28:27-04:00August 16th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

Forum To Discuss Leadership On Climate Change, Community Development

GRAND RAPIDS - West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Kent County Essential Needs Taskforce and other partners are hosting a forum to discuss how the private and public sector are demonstrating leadership on climate change and community development. The event will highlight the opportunity for innovation and investment to advance the Michigan economy and improve environmental

By |2021-08-10T11:58:17-04:00August 10th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum Elects New Board And President

GRAND RAPIDS - West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum elected eight local professionals to its 16-member board of directors at its Annual Meeting last week. New board members include Amy Butler, Director of Sustainability at Michigan State University; Misti Stanton, Assistant Vice President and Diversity and Inclusion Officer for Mercantile Bank, Zachary Verhulst, founder and managing

By |2021-08-05T19:28:53-04:00August 3rd, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid, Featured|

Consumers Energy Celebrates New Solar Power Plant In Cadillac

CADILLAC—Officials of Consumers Energy, the state of Michigan, and the city of Cadillac last week dedicated the company’s third solar power plant, Cadillac Solar Gardens. Consumers Energy’s Clean Energy Plan proposes using nearly 8,000 megawatts of solar energy by 2040, ending the use of coal by 2025, achieving net zero carbon emissions and saving customers

By |2021-07-27T07:15:37-04:00July 25th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

West Michigan Sustainable Business Hires Wesley Watson As New Engagement Manager

GRAND RAPIDS - West Michigan Sustainable Business has hired Wesley Watson as its new Engagement Manager. In this new role, Watson will provide tactical support for the Forum's growth as a regional and statewide network, its educational programming, and collaborative projects. Among other initiatives, he will be leading our work to engage underrepresented communities in

By |2021-06-11T15:43:03-04:00June 11th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

More Electric Chargers Needed To Fuel EV Future

WASHINGTON DC - President Joe Biden has announced a plan to spend $174 billion to make it easier for Americans to choose electric vehicles. Biden wants $15 billion of that money to go toward building a national network of 500,000 charging stations by 2030. The day after Biden's announcement, Representatives Andy Levin and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez—both Democrats—announced

By |2021-05-24T09:49:40-04:00May 24th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid, Featured|

EGLE Announces $1.2 Million In Recycling Grants to West Michigan

LANSING - EGLE announced the recipients of the Renew Michigan grants to encourage recycling in West Michigan. The grants are the largest single effort to encourage recycling in West Michigan. Recipients include: West Michigan Sustainable Business Forum, Kent County Department of Public Works, City of Holland, Goodwill Industries of West Michigan and PADNOS Recycling and

By |2021-03-25T21:19:10-04:00March 25th, 2021|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

Consumers Energy To Purchase 140 Megawatts Of Solar Power

JACKSON—Officials at Consumers Energy have announced an agreement to purchase 140 megawatts of clean, renewable energy—enough to power about 70,000 homes—from the Calhoun Solar Center. Invenergy, a Chicago-based developer and operator of green energy installations, is building the project. Said Tim Sparks, vice president of electric grid integration at Consumers Energy: “We are committed to