Clean Update

UM Study: Asian Carp Can Survive In Larger Areas Of Lake Michigan

ANN ARBOR—Asian carp are capable of surviving and growing in much larger portions of Lake Michigan than scientists previously believed and present a high risk of becoming established, according to a new modeling study from University of Michigan researchers and their colleagues. Some previous studies suggested that low food levels in Lake Michigan could be

By |2019-08-13T18:57:57-04:00August 13th, 2019|Clean Update, ESD|

Consumers Energy Settlement Could Lead To Huge Boost In Solar Power For Grid

LANSING - A proposed settlement between Consumers Energy and independent power producers could lead to hundreds of megawatts of solar power being built within the next four years. On Thursday, the utility filed the proposed settlement with the Michigan Public Service Commission hoping to resolve a more than year-long dispute with solar developers looking to sell power to Consumers.

By |2019-08-12T06:51:04-04:00August 12th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics/Government|

UM-Led Group Gets $20 Million Federal Agreement For Estuary Research

ANN ARBOR—A collaborative, multisector team, led by the University of Michigan’s Water Center at the Graham Sustainability Institute and its School for Environment and Sustainability, has been awarded a five-year, $20 million cooperative agreement to support the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in overseeing research at a nationwide network of 29 coastal reserves. Other team

By |2019-08-11T17:59:46-04:00August 11th, 2019|Clean Update|

PSC: Providers Should Have Adequate Electricity Supplies For Future

LANSING - Michigan electric customers during the years 2022 and 2023 should enjoy an adequate supply of power, according to the Public Service Commission. Commission officials said Thursday that all electric providers in the state successfully demonstrated to the PSC they had adequate supplies to customer needs in the 2022-23 planning year. The commission annually

By |2019-08-08T19:28:55-04:00August 8th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

UM Study: Investing In Energy Storage For Solar, Wind Power Could Greatly Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

ANN ARBOR—Drive through nearly any corner of America long enough and giant solar farms or rows of wind turbines come into view, all with the goal of increasing the country’s renewable energy use and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. But what some may not realize is at times these renewable energy sources can produce more power

By |2019-07-30T16:40:55-04:00July 30th, 2019|Clean Update|

DTE To Buy Isabella County Wind Farms

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — Apex Clean Energy today announced that its proposed sale of the Isabella Wind I and II projects to the Detroit-based utility holding company DTE Energy, has been conditionally approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC). The two projects, totaling 385 MW and located in mid-Michigan’s Isabella County, will be the largest

By |2019-07-20T14:47:15-04:00July 20th, 2019|Clean Update|

Control Of Public Service Commission Will Flip To Democrats, Sustainability Activist

LANSING - Control of the Public Service Commission will flip to a 2-1 Democratic majority later this summer following the appointment Wednesday of environmental sustainability advocate Tremaine Phillips who will take over a vacant seat. Environmental groups were enthusiastic in their initial responses to Governor Gretchen Whitmer's pick of Phillips, who has worked within the energy

By |2019-07-18T15:41:46-04:00July 18th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

Michigan Tech Study: 79 Billionaires Could Green The Grid

HOUGHTON—The cost of solar energy has plummeted in recent years, and a new study from Michigan Technological University’s Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST)  Laboratory shows just how few fortunes it would take to permanently green the grid. The study shows that the personal fortunes of just 79 American multi-billionaires could completely eliminate the use of fossil

By |2019-07-07T18:46:52-04:00July 7th, 2019|Clean Update|

Nessel Makes First Move To Shut Down Line 5

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Thursday went to court seeking to decommission the 66-year old twin pipelines underneath the Straits of Mackinac, arguing the continued operation of the Enbridge pipeline is "likely to cause pollution, impairment or destruction of the water and other natural resources of the Great Lakes." The lawsuit seeks

By |2019-06-28T10:12:28-04:00June 28th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

Wolverine Alleges PFAS Poses No ‘Substantial Endangerment’ In Lawsuit

LANSING - Wolverine World Wide, the company accused of dumping waste that contaminated bodies of water in Kent County with per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances, said it has provided "every affected resident with access to clean and reliable water" following the discovery of PFAS in drinking water sources and therefore the lawsuit against the company should

By |2019-07-04T07:41:23-04:00June 23rd, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|