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Rich Vander Veen: Guiding communities to clean-power prosperity

Michigan Environmental Report
Corn and soybeans are the cash crops for brothers Kent and Olin Humm, seventh-generation farmers near the Gratiot County village of Breckenridge. But the payments they receive for the four wind turbines on their 3,000 acres sure don’t hurt. “We’re not out working in the field today,” said Kent Humm in his workshop on a wet spring afternoon, “but we’re still making money.” That’s music to the ears of clean-energy entrepreneur Rich Vander Veen, the 2014 recipient of the Michigan Environmental Council’s Helen and William Milliken Distinguished Service Award.
View ArticleJul 3, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

A clean power plan for Michigan

Michigan Environmental Report
Many of us working on energy and climate policy looked forward to June 2 like it was Christmas morning. That was the date set for the EPA to announce a new draft rule to cut carbon pollution from power plants, building on the Clean Power Plan President Obama drafted last summer. Now that we’ve had a couple of weeks to dig into the rule, does it match the hype leading up to it? On one hand, yes: It is undoubtedly the most significant action the U.S. government has taken to address climate change, and it should yield economic benefits and job creation.
View ArticleJul 1, 2014  •  Spring 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Latest state report on clean energy: Costs continue to drop

Michigan Environmental Report
Electricity from renewable clean energy sources in Michigan is at least 26 percent less expensive than comparable coal-fired electricity, according to an annual analysis by the Michigan Public Service Commission recently released.
View ArticleApr 23, 2014  •  Winter 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report

Lansing, feds to create a green technology park behind the State Capitol

Michigan Environmental Report
A parking lot behind the State Capitol building will be transformed into a public park, showcasing green infrastructure and renewable energy technologies with federal assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
View ArticleApr 22, 2014  •  Winter 2014 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Greenways

Built to Last: A blueprint for a more resilient Michigan

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Michigan has a rare opportunity for thoughtful reinvention. Choices we make now will ripple through our environment and economy for decades to come.
Download ReportSep 23, 2013

Job Opening - MEC Energy Program Director

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The Michigan Environmental Council (MEC) seeks a full-time Energy Program Director to lead our organization’s efforts to promote widespread deployment of energy efficiency and renewable power through public policy reform.
View ArticleSep 9, 2013

President’s call for cuts in carbon pollution will protect ratepayers, public health

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President Obama’s call for cuts in carbon pollution, if achieved, will boost the economy, improve public health and protect ratepayers as well as help mitigate the effects of climate change, the Michigan Environmental Council said today. The initiative also gives Michigan an opportunity to harness the economic opportunities by expanding investments in energy efficiency and clean energy, the council said.
Read MoreJun 25, 2013

Fast-growing Michigan company thrives with energy-saving services

Michigan Environmental Report
Think of clean renewable energy, and wind turbines and solar panels usually come to mind before energy efficiency. But a Northern Michigan firm has harnessed the growing efficiency market to score national recognition as one of the fastest growing companies in the U.S.
View ArticleMar 25, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Great Lakes, energy and trail network on 2013 agenda

Michigan Environmental Report
A slate of environmental and energy policy initiatives was outlined by Gov. Rick Snyder during his Nov. 28 special address on energy and the environment, including stronger clean energy policies and Great Lakes protections, strategic planning for public lands and development of a trail network spanning the state.
View ArticleJan 17, 2013  •  Fall 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Great Lakes, Land Use, Clean Energy

Top Twelve Proposal 3 Questions

News Updates
Across the state, we've been giving presentations on the 25% by 2025 proposal, and fielding good questions. Here are the top 12 questions answered.
View ArticleOct 30, 2012

Proposal 3 Cost Report -- 25% by 2025: The Impact on Utility Rates of the Michigan Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard

News Updates
How would Proposal 3 affect your electric bill? Generating one quarter of Michigan’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 would not have a significant impact on electricity rates and would actually reduce energy costs in the long term, according to an analysis released this month.
View ArticleOct 15, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Proposal 3 will immediately reduce rates for DTE residential customers

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Families use 36 percent of DTE's electricity, but pay 69% of the cost. Proposal 3 would immediately rectify this inequity
Read MoreOct 8, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Report: Proposal 3 will reduce energy costs for Michigan ratepayers

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Generating one quarter of Michigan’s electricity from renewable sources by 2025 would not have a significant impact on electricity rates and would actually reduce energy costs in the long term, a study released today concludes.
Read MoreOct 2, 2012

25% by 2025: The Impact on Utility Rates of the Michigan Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard

Research Reports
America’s fossil fuel–dominated energy infrastructure is moving toward a more balanced system incorporating renewable resources that are clean, inexhaustible, and declining in costs. Michigan is part of this transition, one of 30 states with a requirement that electricity suppliers provide customers with a growing proportion of renewable energy. But at 10 percent by 2015, Michigan’s Renewable Electricity Standard (RES) is among the nation’s lowest. When that limit is reached, no further development is required under current law. An initiative on the November 2012 general election ballot, Proposal 3, is a Clean Renewable Electric Energy Standard that would build on Michigan’s current RES. It would require electricity providers to use renewable resources for 25% of their generation by 2025. To protect consumers, the RES includes a cost cap ensuring that compliance with Proposal 3 cannot cause electric rates to increase by more than 1% in any year. Using data from the companies’ federal and state regulatory filings, forecasts by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) and other available information, this analysis examines the likely effect of Proposal 3 on ratepayer electricity costs.
Download ReportOct 2, 2012

For a clean energy future, vote yes on Proposal 3!

Michigan Environmental Report
Michiganders have an historic opportunity to move our state into a future of clean, Michigan-made energy by adopting the 25 by 25 renewable energy initiative. Proposal 3 on your ballot this November requires Michigan’s electric utility companies to generate one-quarter of their electricity from renewable sources by 2025. Voters should adopt the initiative.
View ArticleSep 21, 2012  •  Summer 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Don't believe the naysayers

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan’s utility companies are pouring millions into an expensive political ad campaign to confuse the voters on the renewable energy ballot initiative, Proposal 3. The proposal would raise our renewable electricity standard to 25 percent by 2025. There are plenty of great reasons to support Proposal 3 included in this edition’s special report. But it also is instructive to look at the most prevalent arguments against the ballot proposal and see why you shouldn’t believe the naysayers.
View ArticleSep 21, 2012  •  Summer 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report

President's Column: Time to play offense - Lessons from March Madness?

Michigan Environmental Report
In basketball a strong defense is essential. But if you constantly sit back on your heels and allow the other team to dictate the flow of the game, there’s a good chance you’ll lose. For too long, the environmental community has played defense, letting issues come to us instead of taking an offensive posture.
View ArticleApr 15, 2012  •  Winter 2012 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Renewable Energy

Entrepreneurs Flock to Consumers’ Solar Lottery

Michigan Environmental Report
When Doug Jackson was a high school senior, he was so fascinated by the power of the sun that he built an experimental solar panel for his school’s science fair. Now, decades later, thanks to a little luck and Consumers Energy’s own experimental solar panel program, Dr. Jackson—a retired orthopedic surgeon—is revisiting his dream of using sunshine to build a better country.
View ArticleMar 1, 2012  •  February 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Poll: Midwestern, Michigan voters favor transition toward clean energy sources

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Almost 70 percent of Michiganders believe clean energy industries are job creators
Read MoreFeb 20, 2012
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Wind Power

Crystal Mountain’s investments in sustainability make good business sense

Michigan Environmental Report
Obsessed with a wily gopher, golf course groundskeeper Carl Spackler (Bill Murray) creates his own experimental mix of explosives to blast the critter to kingdom come in the finale of the movie classic “Caddyshack.” At Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, Golf Course Superintendent Chad Corp also experiments with the unconventional. His goals are much different.
View ArticleJan 30, 2012  •  January 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency

Patty Birkholz talks offshore wind

Michigan Environmental Report
Former State senator Patty Birkholz- Known for her effectiveness and for her trademark purple wardrobe- is Gov. Rick Snyder's director of the Michigan office of the Great Lakes.
View ArticleDec 20, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Legislation

Wind and faith

Michigan Environmental Report
MEC member group Michigan Interfaith Power and Light (MIPL) brought together clergy from a half-dozen different faiths to tour the $440 million Gratiot County Wind Farm in November.
View ArticleDec 18, 2011  •  Fall 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC applauds Consumers Energy's decisions on coal-fired power plants

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“The Michigan Environmental Council applauds Consumers Energy on its announcement to not move forward with a new coal-fired power plant, and its decision to retire seven smaller units around the state,” said James Clift, policy director of the Michigan Environmental Council. “These decisions are good news for public health in Michigan.”
Read MoreDec 2, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Public Health

MEC report: Michigan’s old coal plants costing residents $1.5 billion annually in health care

Michigan Environmental Report
A Michigan Environmental Council report that drew more than 120 legislators and policymakers to a State Capitol briefing in June shows the state’s oldest coal-fired electricity plants cost Michiganders $1.5 billion annually in health care expenses. “Public Health Impacts of Old Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan” examines pollution from small particulate matter – the main component in soot.
View ArticleJul 6, 2011  •  July 2011 Online - Michigan Environmental Report

Report: Michigan’s old coal plants costing residents $1.5 billion annually in health care

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The Michigan Environmental Council called on the State Legislature to provide greater oversight of Michigan utilities today following the release of a report showing that the state’s oldest coal-fired electricity plants cost Michiganders $1.5 billion annually in health care costs.
Read MoreJun 27, 2011

Public Health Impacts of Old Coal-Fired Power Plants in Michigan

Research Reports
This report quantifies the economic burden and health toll that the state’s oldest coal-fired power plants create. It examines pollution from small particulate matter – the main component in smog. The report found that the state’s nine oldest coal plants cost a family of four an average of over $500 per year in expenses and damages associated with increased hospital admissions, premature deaths and treatments for asthma, respiratory ailments, and cardiovascular problems, among others. The study also estimated national impacts of Michigan’s old coal power plants, finding that they are responsible for $5.4 billion in health care costs – mostly in the Great Lakes region where much of the pollution falls out. Those plants began operation between 1949 and 1968 and are among the most polluting and least efficient in the state.
Download ReportJun 27, 2011

Myth buster: State data shows Michigan renewable energy beats coal on cost alone

Michigan Environmental Report
Renewable energy in Michigan is significantly less expensive than new coal-fired power and will cost ratepayers far less than originally projected, according to a new report from the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) and a revised renewable energy plan filed in February by Consumers Energy.
View ArticleMar 24, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy

Trivia Time: Michigan clean energy’s affordability

Michigan Environmental Report
A revealing picture of where clean energy stands relative to coal-fired electricity in Michigan was illuminated in February through two new documents: Analysis from the state’s Public Service Commission (PSC) and a revised renewable energy plan from Consumers Energy Co.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Clean Air Act and Regulating Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Research Reports
A letter to Michigan’s Congressional delegation from Michigan college, university, agency and NGO researchers regarding the Clean Air Act and greenhouse gas emissions. --- As scientists, researchers, and concerned citizens of the great state of Michigan, we are writing to urge all members of our delegation to stand up for clean air, clean water and the future of Michigan’s economy. We strongly urge you to reject any measure that would block or delay the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from protecting the people of Michigan from air pollution and human caused climate change, both of which put public health, agriculture, the environment and our economy at risk.
Download ReportMar 8, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change, Clean Energy

House Dems plan for coal-burning plants: Bad business for Michigan

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Michigan's House Democratic leadership courts rate increases, undermines state's clean energy job growth with support for unnecessary coal plants
Read MoreJan 13, 2011
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Clean Energy

Gas bill? Forget about it at new Farmington Hills City Hall!

Michigan Environmental Report
Gas bills are a thing of the past at Farmington Hills City Hall, where efficient and renewable energy technologies heat, cool, illuminate and maintain the new $8 million building.
View ArticleDec 17, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Blueprint for a better Michigan, circa 2060, released by MEC

Michigan Environmental Report
The first public draft of a sweeping vision for a thriving, sustainable Michigan in the year 2060 was released this fall for public input.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC policy expert offers Peak Oil webinar

Michigan Environmental Report
A webinar led by MEC Energy Program Director David Gard exploring the concept of “Peak Oil” was offered to MEC member groups Sept. 30. The 60-minute presentation discussed the evidence and potential consequences of this emerging reality, and suggested possible solutions for a sustainable future
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC OVERHEARD IN THE NEWS

Michigan Environmental Report
A collection of recent quotes from MEC that appeared in the news.
View ArticleDec 15, 2010  •  Fall 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan 50 Year Vision

Research Reports
The Vision outlines goals – and intermediate steps – to get Michigan to a year 2060 where energy needs are met cleanly and affordably; thriving centers of commerce prosper in harmony with our Great Lakes and other natural assets; and people thrive in dynamic neighborhoods that have easy access to efficient transportation options, healthy local food and cultural amenities.
Download ReportDec 9, 2010

Peak Oil: Assessing the Global Supply of Cheap Energy

Michigan Environmental Report
Is our supply of cheap oil limited? If so, what are the consequences? What effective responses can the environmental community offer? Check out David Gard's recent webinar in streaming video.
View ArticleSep 30, 2010  •  Special Reports - Michigan Environmental Report

Editorial: Kalamazoo River a casualty of our dependence on dirty fuels, but change is on the way

Michigan Environmental Report
One of the ugly costs of depending so exclusively on fossil fuels to power the nation’s economy was vividly illustrated in July when a 30-inch oil pipeline failed in Marshall, spewing nearly one million gallons of oil into the Kalamazoo River system
View ArticleAug 25, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

U.S. Social Forum, march against the waste incinerator an inspiration for lifelong Detroiter

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Council Community Outreach Director Sandra Turner-Handy helped organize the four-day U.S. Social Forum in Detroit this summer—a gathering of more than 10,000 people from across the country committed to social and environmental justice and community empowerment. She was instrumental in organizing a march on the Detroit incinerator—more than 1,000 strong led by the Zero Waste Detroit coalition. The marchers called for recycling programs and healthier trash disposal options to replace the dirty trash burner. Here are some of her thoughts:
View ArticleAug 24, 2010  •  Summer 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC: Michigan oil disaster should be a wake-up call to voters, candidates as primary election nears

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Oil spill highlights need for strong legislative support to establish, fund strong protections for Michigan's natural resources
Read MoreJul 28, 2010

Coal plant denial nixes $77/month rate hike, invites cleaner, cheaper energy options

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan residents and businesses will be spared astronomical rate increases after the denial of a permit for the Wolverine Power Supply Cooperative’s proposed new 600-megawatt coal-fired power plant in Rogers City.
View ArticleMay 27, 2010  •  Spring 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Coal plant postponement an opportunity for a better energy future in Michigan

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Postponement of Consumers Energy's proposed Bay City coal-fired power plant is an opportunity to establish cheaper, cleaner energy alternatives for Michigan
Read MoreMay 27, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Coal plant denial nixes $77/month rate hike, invites cleaner, cheaper options

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Michigan regulators deny permit for proposed 600 megawatt coal-fired power plant in Rogers City, saying the Wolverine Power Cooperative did not consider other alternatives. Public Service Commission estimates it would have cost average residential customer an additional $77 per month.
Read MoreMay 21, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Lake Michigan wind farm plan generates angst, highlights work of Wind Council

Michigan Environmental Report
Norwegian developers are proposing the state’s first offshore wind farm in Lake Michigan near Pentwater. The plan, for up to 200 turbines within two miles of Silver Lake sand dunes, has generated controversy statewide. Developer Scandia Wind Offshore LLC recently announced it was cutting the project size in half and moving it farther offshore in response to criticism. Although Scandia has not submitted any formal proposal for the wind farm, its publicity has brought the issue to the forefront of public discussion.
View ArticleMar 3, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Wind Power, Clean Energy

Tiny nation’s robust clean energy exports hold clues to remaking Michigan’s economy

Michigan Environmental Report
Copenhagen, Denmark—While policy makers in Washington and Lansing fight tooth-and-nail over how much support to provide clean energy industries, Denmark is charging full-speed ahead with a formidable array of government-backed technology innovations that have buoyed its economy, galvanized its citizens and made it a key exporter of renewable power ideas and hardware. Whether you admire or distrust the Danish approach that involves extensive government partnership and involvement with its citizens and private industry, one thing is clear: it has made the island nation a formidable global economic force that belies its tiny size.
View ArticleDec 1, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Wind Power

Urban neighborhoods, communities of color and low-income Michiganders have most to gain from Climate Bill

Michigan Environmental Report
Communities of color, low-income populations and those in Michigan’s older urban neighborhoods are among those with the most to gain from passage of the American Clean Energy and Security Act (the Climate Bill).
View ArticleNov 27, 2009  •  Fall 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Public Service Commission report affirms clean energy strategy

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Report finds no new coal fired power plants are needed in Michigan for at least 13 years
Read MoreSep 8, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Innovative fuel cell manufacturer putting laid-off autoworkers back on the job

Michigan Environmental Report
A growing company whose cutting edge energy technology is used primarily by the military is making its move into the lucrative commercial market and hiring laid-off Michigan autoworkers to help make that transition.
View ArticleAug 30, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Saving energy, reducing costs are goals of MEC’s work behind the scenes

Michigan Environmental Report
Utilities in Michigan are implementing Clean Energy legislation passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed into law by Gov. Jennifer Granholm last year (Public Acts 286 and 295 of 2008). Key components of that legislation require new programs in energy efficiency and renewable power. The legislation was a compromise supported by the Michigan Environmental Council, which fought for stronger measures to secure cost savings through energy efficiency and energy independence from renewable power.
View ArticleAug 29, 2009  •  Summer 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report

U.P. slammed with huge electric rate hike for new coal plants, is Rogers City next?

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One dozen groups file comments urging more thorough consideration of cheaper, cleaner alternatives to Rogers City coal burning plant
Read MoreJul 10, 2009

From auto parts to wind turbines: One company’s clean energy success story

Michigan Environmental Report
The future of Michigan’s clean energy manufacturing economy thrives in a pair of low-slung buildings in a sand-swept industrial park on Lake Michigan’s shore. Windspire wind turbines—a first generation of small windmills geared toward individual homes and businesses—are churned out by workers whose auto industry jobs have evaporated.
View ArticleJun 5, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Wind Power

How MEC works to make the Windspire succeed

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council’s successes at the State Capitol—and its current agenda in Lansing—have helped clean energy industries like Mastech Manufacturing provide new jobs and economic vitality to a state reeling from auto industry woes.
View ArticleJun 4, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Legislation

President's Column: Michigan’s Washington delegation hears from MEC as nation weighs energy future

Michigan Environmental Report
True leadership is a combination of vision and action. Today, our political leadership often lacks both. Too many leaders are stuck in the past or present, unaware or unconcerned that their decisions today will impact our nation for 40 or 50 years.
View ArticleMay 29, 2009  •  Spring 2009 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Legislation, Clean Energy

MEC to State House: Don't sabotage Michigan's Clean Energy jobs

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The following letter was delivered to State House Speaker Andy Dillon, Minority Leader Kevin Elsenheimer and Gov. Granholm’s office from leading statewide environmental groups. It is a response to a letter to the governor signed by dozens of House members criticizing her recent Clean Energy executive directive. Many of these House members are Clean Energy supporters, but have been grossly misled about the legality, intent, and effect of the governor’s directive. We hope this letter helps set the record straight…or, at least straighter!
Read MoreMar 26, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Climate Change

AG tortures law in opinion aiming to block Michigan’s progress toward clean energy jobs

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A new era of clean energy jobs and economic development in Michigan has been needlessly threatened by Attorney General Mike Cox’s tortured interpretation of state laws regarding public health and the environment, according to the Michigan Environmental Council and the Sierra Club’s Michigan chapter.
Read MoreFeb 24, 2009
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency, Clean Energy

Legislature’s energy plan applauded as significant ‘first step’ toward clean energy jobs and economic growth

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Legislation passed by the Michigan House and Senate today is a significant first step toward creating a new era of clean energy jobs.
Read MoreSep 18, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

MEC’s Urgent Action Fund unleashed to tip the balance toward sound energy policy

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council’s Urgent Action Fund demonstrated its worth this summer in the battle to pass modern energy policies in the Michigan Legislature.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

The curse of small-bore thinking

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan leaders need to think bigger. For decades, we’ve slipped out of national leadership on the economy, education, cultural resources and environmental protection. At best, we’re a pale shadow in the middle of the pack in each of these arenas. And we’re still bleeding.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
In each issue of the Michigan Environmental Report, we celebrate accomplishments by MEC and member groups.
View ArticleMay 29, 2008  •  Spring 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Senate passes renewable energy initiative for state government; A small first step

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Legislation requiring state government to purchase renewably generated electricity is a useful first step toward a statewide clean energy policy. But the measure, passed by the Michigan State Senate today, is primarily symbolic because it affects significantly less than 1 percent of the state’s electricity generation.
Read MoreMar 27, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Green Economy, Clean Energy

WonkTalk: Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle (IGCC)

Michigan Environmental Report
WonkTalk is designed to put environmental geekspeak and arduous acronyms into plain English. Why? Because we eschew obfuscation and consistently endeavor to disencumber labyrinthine prose, of course!
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

WonkTalk: Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS)

Michigan Environmental Report
Welcome to "WonkTalk," a new Michigan Environmental Report featurette designed to put environmental geekspeak and arduous acronyms into plain English.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Climate Change, Clean Energy

Q&A with governor's new energy chief

Michigan Environmental Report
Stanley “Skip” Pruss recently left his post as a deputy director with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality to serve as Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s special advisor on renewable energy and the environment.
View ArticleOct 22, 2007  •  Fall 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Michigan's clean energy future: Policy solutions for the 21st Century

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Michigan stands at a critical energy crossroads. Traditional sources of energy continue to become more risky and expensive. Inevitable restrictions on greenhouse gas emissions promise to escalate energy costs for years to come. However, there is reason for optimism in Michigan.
Download ReportOct 1, 2007
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

GM breaks new ground with LEED certification

Michigan Environmental Report
The automotive industry is a regular whipping boy for environmentalists in a lather over fuel economy standards and the beyond-petroleum “vision thing.” So what was a contingent from Michigan Environmental Council doing in clean room suits and safety glasses ogling General Motors’ new Delta Township plant outside Lansing in May?
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency

Grand Rapids earns sustainability award

Michigan Environmental Report
The City of Grand Rapids has earned a sustainability award from the United Nations University for its Community Sustainability Partnership efforts. It is the first city in the U.S., and one of only 30 in the world, to receive the award.
View ArticleMay 15, 2007  •  Spring 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy

Energy policy: Let’s slow down $20 billion drain on Michigan’s economy

Michigan Environmental Report
There’s a big fuss in Lansing as the governor, legislators and lobbyists try to find a way to replace revenue that will be lost when Michigan’s Single Business Tax (SBT) dies at the end of the year. And with good reason; our SBT generates a whopping $2 billion every year. Still, that’s chump change compared to the $20 billion Michigan businesses and residents pay vendors in other states and countries just to meet our annual energy needs.
View ArticleFeb 1, 2007  •  Winter 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Clean Energy, Energy Efficiency
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