Clean Update

Grand Rapids’ Investment In Green Infrastructure Outweigh Costs

GRAND RAPIDS - Grand Valley State University researchers have found the benefits outweigh the costs of Grand Rapids’ investment in green infrastructure to limit stormwater runoff. Advocates say the findings are significant for quantifying the environmental benefits of projects that cost more upfront compared to traditional “gray infrastructure” that simply diverts stormwater to the Grand River,

By |2018-08-20T08:01:12+00:00August 20th, 2018|Clean Update|

DTE Energy, Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy In Renewable Natural Gas Project 

DETROIT - DTE Energy broke ground last week on a project with Wisconsin-based Pagel’s Ponderosa Dairy to begin creating renewable natural gas generated from dairy cow waste as a fuel to power compressed natural gas vehicles, offsetting the use of fossil-based fuels. DTE has launched a broad sustainability initiative that will cut methane emissions by

By |2018-08-16T19:35:21+00:00August 16th, 2018|Clean Update, New Products / Contracts|

Meijer To Switch To LED Interior Lighting – Expects To Reduce Electricity Costs By 50 Percent

WALKER - Meijer plans to join the sustainability movement by switching all its stores to LED interior lighting by 2021. The change is expected to save the regional retail giant as much as 50 percent annually in electricity charges. Meijer first implemented an all-LED store in Beavercreek, Ohio, in 2013. The project launched in June

By |2018-08-07T20:19:13+00:00August 7th, 2018|Clean Update|

Toyota Debuts Second Iteration Of Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Class 8 Truck

TRAVERSE CITY - Toyota on Monday unveiled the second iteration of its hydrogen fuel cell electric Class 8 truck before dozens of press and industry leaders during the first day of the Center for Automotive Research Management Briefing Seminars. The new truck, known internally as "Beta," expands on the capabilities of Toyota’s first Project Portal

By |2018-07-31T09:41:23+00:00July 31st, 2018|Clean Update, Featured|

EPA Inspector Cites EPA, MDEQ For Slow Action To Solve Flint Water Crisis

LANSING - Both the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality failed to comply with the federal Lead and Copper Rule and were too slow to react when problems were found with the Flint water system, an EPA Office of Inspector General report released Thursday said. The report found that the DEQ, in

By |2018-07-20T19:11:39+00:00July 20th, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|

New State Report: Line 5 Spill Would Be Huge Disaster For Great Lakes

LANSING — Michigan state agencies have released for public comment a draft independent analysis of the impacts of a potential oil spill from Enbridge Line 5 in the Straits of Mackinac. A team led by Michigan Technological University and directed by professor Guy Meadows of Michigan Tech’s Great Lakes Research Center submitted the draft report

By |2018-07-19T16:03:38+00:00July 19th, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|

Consumer Energy Alliances Creates Initiative For Wind Energy Production Education

LANSING - Consumer Energy Alliance Tuesday announced the start of an initiative that will launch specifically in Michigan to educate families and small businesses about wind energy production and the new investment, jobs, opportunities and environmental stewardship that comes with it. The new initiative comes at a time when anti-energy activists across the state are looking

By |2018-06-26T19:05:40+00:00June 26th, 2018|Clean Update, Featured|

Consumers Energy To Retire Two Coal Plants – 43 Percent Reneweables By 2040

JACKSON — Consumers Energy announced this week that it would file an Integrated Resource Plan with the Michigan Public Service Commission to zero out its use of coal as a power source and hit 37 percent renewables by 2030 and 43 percent to 2040, up from 11 percent today. The company the plan would help

By |2018-06-14T19:50:48+00:00June 14th, 2018|Clean Update|

DTE Names Williams To Board Of Directors

DETROIT - DTE Energy named Valerie M. Williams, CPA, to its Board of Directors, effective immediately. Williams served as the Assurance Services Managing Partner for Ernst & Young LLP's Southwest Region until 2016. In this role, she had responsibility for a $500 million audit practice encompassing nine states, 14 offices and 1,200 employees. Williams has

By |2018-06-08T11:10:36+00:00June 8th, 2018|Clean Update|

Michigan DEQ To Study Public Drinking Water For Cancer-Causing PFAS Contaminants

LANSING - The Department of Environmental Quality will be studying samples from the public water systems in the state looking for traces of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, the department announced Friday. The study is among the efforts of the PFAS Action Response Team to track and address the emerging contaminant. Filmmakers Seek Help In Sounding

By |2018-05-21T19:28:26+00:00May 21st, 2018|Clean Update, Featured|