Clean Update

Whirlpool Sustainability Report: Reduced Emissions, Improved Efficiency

BENTON HARBOR—Whirlpool Corp. officials have released the company’s 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report, highlighting the company’s progress and accomplishments in the 2018 operational year, with particularly strong results in its efforts to reduce the amount of natural resources required in manufacturing its appliances. Milestones and progress outlined in the 2018 Corporate Sustainability Report Summary include: Sustainable

By |2019-04-18T16:54:43-04:00April 18th, 2019|Clean Update, ESD|

Canada’s $5,000 EV Incentive Starts Next Month, But Not For Tesla

OTTAWA, Ontario - Canada’s newly announced $5,000 incentive for electric vehicles is officially going into effect on May 1st next month and the federal government has released the list of eligible vehicles. Tesla vehicles are officially ineligible for the incentive. As we reported last month, the Canadian federal announced a new $5,000 incentive for electric cars with

By |2019-04-18T15:36:48-04:00April 18th, 2019|Clean Update|

Michigan Science Center Offers Free Admission On Earth Day For Ecology Theater Experience

DETROIT - The Michigan Science Center will introduce the Metro Detroit community to the emerging field of soundscape ecology with the debut of Global Soundscapes: Mission to Record the Earth, a new theater experience combining giant screen images, surround sound, and live presentation on April 20, Earth Day. Global Soundscapes takes guests on a mission

By |2019-04-17T17:20:00-04:00April 17th, 2019|Clean Update, STEAM|

UM To Buy Half Its Electricity From Renewables Through DTE

ANN ARBOR—The University of Michigan is on track to reduce greenhouse gas emissions significantly following an agreement to buy renewable energy through DTE Energy that will result in about half of the purchased electricity for the Ann Arbor campus coming from Michigan-sourced renewable resources. UM has committed to purchase approximately 200,000 megawatt-hours of renewable energy

By |2019-04-10T16:51:54-04:00April 10th, 2019|Clean Update|

Turbine Blades Spinning At DTE Energy’s Largest Wind Park

DETROIT - DTE Energy announced that its Pine River wind park, located in Gratiot and Isabella counties, has gone operational and is providing enough clean energy to power more than 54,000 homes. With 65 turbines, Pine River is the largest operating wind park in Michigan as well as DTE's most cost-effective and cost-efficient wind project to

By |2019-03-10T12:22:34-04:00March 8th, 2019|Clean Update|

MDEQ Increases Funding, Extends Deadline For Recycling Grants

LANSING — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced that it will increase available funding for Recycling Infrastructure Grants from $500,000 to $3.7 million and the extend the deadline for grant applications to May 1. The MDEQ originally announced this grant opportunity Nov. 21 in support of the statewide recycling goals of increasing the recycling

By |2019-03-02T13:51:18-04:00March 2nd, 2019|Clean Update, ESD|

DTE Electric Gets MPSC Blessing For Revised Voluntary Green Pricing Program

LANSING - The Michigan Public Service Commission approved DTE Electric Co.’s revised voluntary green pricing program, which allows residential and small commercial customers to designate how much of the electricity they use is to be generated from renewable sources. With the revisions, the Commission determined the MIGreenPower program now meets the criteria set in Section

By |2019-03-01T12:12:44-04:00February 22nd, 2019|Clean Update, Politics|

DTE Electric Issues $650 Million In Green Bonds To Finance Carbon-Free Investments

DETROIT - DTE Electric issued its second offering of green bonds on Friday, Feb. 15. The $650 million in bonds will finance green investments, including renewable energy and energy efficiency. In its initial green bond offering in May 2018, DTE became the fifth investment-grade energy company in the nation – and the first company in Michigan

By |2019-02-19T20:35:43-04:00February 19th, 2019|Clean Update|

Wind Continues To Dominate Renewable Energy Generation In Michigan

LANSING – Wind generation continues to be the primary source of alternative electric power in Michigan, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s ninth annual report on renewable energy, released Friday. Utility-scale wind turbine projects generated 69 percent of the approximately 3,000 megawatts of nameplate capacity in 2018, the same as the previous year, according

By |2019-02-15T16:02:43-04:00February 15th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|

Energy Waste Reduction Saves Utility Customers $1.1 Billion

LANSING – Energy waste reduction programs have saved nearly 1.6 million megawatt hours of electricity and more than 5.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to the Michigan Public Service Commission’s annual report, released Friday. The 2017 Utility Energy Waste Reduction Programs report found 64 electric companies (investor-owned, cooperatives, and municipalities) spent a total

By |2019-02-15T16:02:44-04:00February 15th, 2019|Clean Update, Politics, Politics/Government|