Clean Update

MSPC Approves DTE Electric’s Amended Renewable Energy Plan

 LANSING - The Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE Electric Co.’s amended renewable energy plan (Case No. U-18232), expanding the company’s portfolio of wind and solar power generation facilities and addressing concerns raised by the Commission in previous orders, including the ability for third-party purchased power agreements to be used to meet the renewable portfolio standard.    The Commission approved DTE

DTE Gas Announces 2050 Net Zero Goal To Address Greenhouse Gas Emissions

DETROIT - DTE Gas will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050 -- from procurement through delivery, the company announced last week. In addition, DTE Gas will be amplifying this net zero commitment by partnering with customers to address up to 100% of their own natural gas carbon footprint with programs that

By |2020-06-27T14:12:21-04:00June 27th, 2020|Clean Update, Clean, green, hybrid|

EGLE Solar Energy Program Wins National Award

LANSING - The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Michigan Solar Communities ­-- Low to Moderate Income Access Program has been named one of this year’s State Leadership in Clean Energy award winners by the Clean Energy States Alliance. The EGLE program, led by Clean Energy Engineer Lisa Thomas, aims to reduce roadblocks

By |2020-06-13T14:41:54-04:00June 13th, 2020|Clean Update|

Great Lakes Advisory Board Re-Established By EPA Administrator

MUSKEGON — U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the re-establishment of the Great Lakes Advisory Board at a news conference at Grand Valley's Annis Water Resources Institute on June 3. The GLAB serves to provide advice and recommendations on matters related to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the implementation of the Great

By |2020-06-03T20:17:12-04:00June 3rd, 2020|Clean Update|

Michigan Receives $35.1 Million To Help Struggling Households Pay Energy Costs 

LANSING - The State of Michigan has been awarded more than $35 million in additional federal funding to help vulnerable households struggling to afford utility bills during the COVID-19 pandemic, as radio broadcasters across the state air public service announcements alerting Michiganders to the assistance available to those in need.   The U.S. Department of Health

Enbridge Hires Tunnel Contractors, Eyes Fall ’21 To Start Construction

LANSING - Enbridge has hired the contractors it needs to build the underground Straits of Mackinac tunnel, and will soon be submitting its formal permit requests to the appropriate state and federal authorities. Those were among the updates provided at the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) meeting Friday in St. Ignace. Also Friday, a company

By |2020-03-16T08:39:48-04:00March 15th, 2020|Clean Update|

UM Ecologist Gets $2 Million Grant To Study Aquatic Systems

ANN ARBOR—University of Michigan disease ecologist Meghan Duffy is one of 15 scientists awarded five-year grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation today to study symbiosis in aquatic systems. Duffy, a professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, will receive $2,025,000 of unrestricted support over the next five years to pursue “innovative,

By |2020-03-15T11:34:53-04:00March 15th, 2020|Clean Update|

State Unveils New Plan For Lake Erie Water Quality Improvement

LANSING—Michigan state government has released a draft Adaptive Management Plan that will inform decisions and guide projects outlined in the Domestic Action Plan for Lake Erie, a targeted approach for improving water quality and reducing the amount of phosphorus entering the lake by 40 percent by 2025. Decreasing phosphorus inputs is intended to help reduce

By |2020-03-01T11:20:05-05:00March 1st, 2020|Clean Update, ESD, Politics, Politics/Government|

Michiganders Accept Climate Change But Say Others More Likely To Suffer

ANN ARBOR - Most Michigan residents say climate change is happening and it will harm people in the United States — just not them personally, according to new polling data. It’s a “stunning” gap, said Jennifer Marlon, a lead researcher on the project, by the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication. The Yale research group annually estimates

By |2020-02-27T15:20:47-05:00February 27th, 2020|Clean Update|

21 Michiganders Selected For First Environmental Justice Advisory Council

DETROIT - Twenty-one Michiganders have been selected to the state’s first Michigan Advisory Council for Environmental Justice under the direction of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy announced. “Since taking office, I’ve been deliberate and focused on protecting our Great Lakes, cleaning up our drinking water, and combating the

By |2020-02-16T13:40:30-05:00February 16th, 2020|Clean Update|