Clean Update

DEQ Drone Deployed Over Van Etten Lake As Part Of Wurtsmith PFAS Response

OSCODA — The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality this week flew a drone over Van Etten Lake in Oscoda to scout locations for the installation of a wireless all-weather camera system designed to detect foam created by per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) discharges into the lake from the former Wurtsmith Air Force base. The DEQ

By |2018-11-13T14:11:25+00:00November 13th, 2018|Clean Update, Drones|

WSU Gets Nearly $1 Million To Attack Microplastic Pollution

DETROIT - More than half of waste released in a given year contains plastic materials. About 10,000 metric tons of plastic enter the Great Lakes every year, and another 8 million goes into the ocean. While plastic never decomposes, it does break down into much smaller — but no less environmentally hazardous — components called

By |2018-11-09T12:35:48+00:00November 9th, 2018|Clean Update, IoT|

GM’s Military Defense Unit Creates Hydrogen-Powered Chevy Silverado ZH2

DETROIT - General Motors' military defense unit, which appropriately called GM Defense, is tasked with developing several projects for the U.S. military. Its latest creation is the Chevrolet Silverado ZH2—a wild-looking Silverado that runs on hydrogen and boasts several military-only goodies. According to Automotive News, the Silverado ZH2 features a driving range of more than

By |2018-11-09T12:12:02+00:00November 9th, 2018|Auto Tech, Clean Update|

New Video Installation At UM Shows Human Impact Of Climate Change

ANN ARBOR – A new installation at the University of Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities will show the human effects of flooding and climate change through a riveting five-channel video installation. As part of the institute’s 2018-19 theme Humanities and Environments, “Deluge” will be on view Nov. 9 through Dec. 14. It is the culmination

By |2018-11-08T18:09:34+00:00November 8th, 2018|Clean Update|

AxleTech, Thor Trucks To Develop Heavy-Duty e-Powertrain System

TROY - AxleTech is developing a heavy-duty e-powertrain system with Thor Trucks, a fleet-focused transportation lab building fully electric commercial trucks. AxleTech and Thor Trucks will integrate AxleTech’s e-axle technology with Thor’s proprietary battery technology to create a fully electric commercial vehicle powertrain. “Electric powertrains for on-highway use are rapidly advancing at a global scale,

By |2018-10-21T18:26:50+00:00October 21st, 2018|Auto Tech, Clean Update|

New York Company Plans To Build $250 Million, 1,200-Acre Solar Farm Near Lansing

CORUNNA - A New York-based solar energy development company plans to invest $250 million in a solar farm in Shiawasee County in central Michigan. Ranger Power from Brooklyn, New York, filed paperwork seeking a special use permit from the planning commission for the 1,200 acre development. Before the project can go forward, the planning commission

By |2018-10-18T20:10:09+00:00October 18th, 2018|Clean Update, Featured|

Republican Senator Introduces Bill To End $7,500 Federal Tax Credit For Electric Cars

WASHINGTON DC - At a time when most governments are looking at ways to encourage electric vehicle adoption, a Republican senator heavily backed by the oil and gas industry has now introduced a new bill to end the $7,500 federal tax credit for electric cars and instead tax them more. Sen. John Barrasso Senator John Barrasso, a

By |2018-10-11T14:59:58+00:00October 11th, 2018|Clean Update, Featured, Politics|

Public Invited To Weigh-In On DTE Energy’s Future Energy lan

DETROIT - This month the public will have another opportunity to learn about our company’s energy planning process and provide input on our long-term plans to transform our generation mix toward reliable, affordable and cleaner energy that will power Michigan’s future. A public open house will be held Tuesday, Oct. 23 in Detroit, giving community

By |2018-10-10T20:24:47+00:00October 10th, 2018|Clean Update|

DTE Energy Cutting Methane Emissions By 80 percent

DETROIT - DTE Energy will reduce methane emissions from its natural gas utility operations by more than 80 percent by 2040 – part of a broad sustainability initiative the company has launched to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change while continuing to provide customers with reliable and affordable power. "Since 2011 DTE's improvements

By |2018-10-04T20:21:11+00:00October 4th, 2018|Clean Update|

Environmental Groups Slam Line 5 Tunnel ‘Sweetheart Deal’ They Claim Is Imminent

LANSING - Environmental groups opposed to putting Enbridge Line 5 into a tunnel beneath the Straits of Mackinac said Thursday they believe an agreement between Governor Rick Snyder and the Canadian energy company is imminent, preemptively declaring it a lame-duck move that would hamstring the next governor and attorney general from taking action they see fit regarding

By |2018-09-21T11:13:49+00:00September 21st, 2018|Clean Update, Politics|