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Topic: Energy Efficiency

Sarah Mullkoff hired to lead Michigan Environmental Council’s energy policy work

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Mullkoff comes from National Wildlife Federation. Replaces David Gard as MEC's energy program director.
Read MoreJan 10, 2014

Bell ringers! Environmental successes won in recent weeks

Michigan Environmental Report
A State Senate committee rejected legislation to rescind Michigan’s ban on lawn clippings in landfills in a 5-4 vote Nov. 5. The legislation would have crippled the composting industry and deprived landscapers and homeowners of Michigan-made nutrient-dense compost.
View ArticleDec 7, 2013  •  Fall 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

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

President's Column: A reasonable proposal for continuing Michigan’s renewable energy momentum

Michigan Environmental Report
Gov. Rick Snyder has launched a series of public discussions regarding energy policy in Michigan. The first of those seven meetings took place Feb. 14 in Lansing. A day later, the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) released its annual report on renewable energy. The report found that Michigan is well on its way to meeting the renewable energy standard of 10% by 2015, and the price of renewable energy continues to fall.
View ArticleMar 25, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

MEC’s new green headquarters near Capitol offers access and meeting space

Michigan Environmental Report
The historic Morgan B. Hungerford House at 602 W. Ionia Street just blocks from the Capitol building is the Michigan Environmental Council’s new home.
View ArticleMar 22, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

Car dealership saves big energy $$$

Michigan Environmental Report
Dick Genthe Chevrolet, a 90-year-old, family-owned car dealership located in Wyandotte, has reduced energy costs 30% annually and saves close to $40,000 each year as a result of implementing Keen Technical Solutions efficiency plans.
View ArticleMar 18, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - 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 ArticleMar 17, 2013  •  Winter 2013 - Michigan Environmental Report

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

Ski resorts across Michigan embrace energy-saving practices

Michigan Environmental Report
Crystal Mountain isn’t alone. Ski resorts throughout Michigan are implementing sustainable systems and practices.
View ArticleJan 29, 2012  •  January 2012 Online - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency

President's Column: Lost amid tax cut fever

Michigan Environmental Report
Lowering the cost of doing business in Michigan to grow our state’s economy has been a huge priority in Lansing this year. That focus has been almost entirely centered on taxes, including a $1.7 billion business tax cut by 2013. There is an overlooked cost center with more money-saving potential than tax cuts and far greater benefits for Michigan businesses and residents: energy costs. The amount Michiganders pay for energy rivals that of taxes, yet it has not been in the current administration’s sight lines.
View ArticleSep 12, 2011  •  Summer 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report

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

MEC, allies applaud federal electric vehicle agenda

Michigan Environmental Report
Michigan Environmental Council joined the Ecology Center and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters in applauding President Barack Obama’s January call for Americans to make the nation the world’s first to put one million electric vehicles on the road by 2015. The groups supported his call to shift money from oil company subsidies into incentives for electric vehicle purchases and infrastructure investments.
View ArticleMar 23, 2011  •  Winter 2011 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency

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

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

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

Weatherization and energy efficiency are back and as sexy as ever!

Michigan Environmental Report
A small army of students, advocates and contractors armed themselves with caulk guns, door sweeps and compact fluorescent light bulbs one crisp December afternoon. Their mission—accomplished—was to install weatherization kits and educate Lansing residents on the benefits of conservation.
View ArticleMar 2, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency

Sisters’ Monroe Motherhouse earns green accolades, encourages public tours

Michigan Environmental Report
The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM Sisters) home in Monroe is the motherhouse of green renovation and a “masterpiece of energy-efficiency,” according to the Detroit Free Press. Now a growing number of Michiganders are learning first-hand of the remarkable facility through group tours that are free of charge and available to the public.
View ArticleMar 1, 2010  •  Winter 2010 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency

Report: $438 annual savings for Michigan families if strong efficiency policies are part of federal energy bill

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A new study shows that Michigan families would save an average $438 each year on utility bills if strong energy efficiency measures are included as part of the energy bill being debated in the U.S. Senate
Read MoreFeb 24, 2010
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency

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

Climate Council and Gov. Granholm: Michigan must forge ahead with ambitious plan to cut greenhouse gases, become energy independent and create jobs

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Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Executive Directive (2009-4), released today, reflects the unique consensus on Michigan energy policy reforms reached recently by a diverse group of leaders from manufacturing, automotive industries, utility companies, environmental groups, universities, and government.
Read MoreJul 30, 2009

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

Environmental coalition calls for commission to reject Consumers Energy efficiency and renewables plan

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Leading environmental organizations filed a brief today calling for the Michigan Public Service Commission (PSC) to reject the energy efficiency and renewable energy plan filed by Consumers Energy. The groups argue the plan costs consumers too much and the energy efficiency plan does not do enough to reduce customers' bills.
Read MoreApr 29, 2009

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

MEC readies to battle for modern energy codes in new buildings

Michigan Environmental Report
MEC and its allies are gearing up to convince state legislators to overhaul the state’s outdated and inefficient construction codes for new buildings.
View ArticleDec 15, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Clean energy legislation signed by Governor: The economy and the environment win

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A victory for Michigan’s environment and economy was secured in September with the adoption of new energy efficiency programming and the state’s first renewable energy standard.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

WMEAC to replace 5,000 energy-sucking light bulbs with more efficient CFLs

Michigan Environmental Report
West Michigan Environmental Action Council has started Project Light Change, a program to engage businesses and individuals in the use and recycling of CFL bulbs.
View ArticleDec 14, 2008  •  Fall 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report

Michigan residents win long-fought energy savings battle

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Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Michigan Environmental Council and Michigan Community Action Agency Association intervene on behalf of the public interest to win court fight against Michigan Home Builders
Read MoreOct 24, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency

Mayoral trio honored by Michigan League of Conservation Voters

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan League of Conservation Voters (Michigan LCV) honored three Michigan mayors—Mayor John Hieftje of Ann Arbor, Mayor George Heartwell of Grand Rapids, and former Mayor Rob Sisson of Sturgis—with the 2008 Environmental Leadership Award on June 12, 2008.
View ArticleAug 11, 2008  •  Summer 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency

House energy pact means lower cost, cleaner energy for Michigan's future

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An energy package passed by the Michigan House of Representatives will mean lower cost, cleaner electricity for Michigan’s future according to analysis by the Michigan Environmental Council.
Read MoreApr 18, 2008
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency, Green Economy

Report: Energy efficiency, renewable power would give economy a shot of adrenaline

Michigan Environmental Report
The Michigan Environmental Council teamed with a Washington, DC nonprofit in December to release a report documenting the economic benefits of investing in energy efficiency and renewable power. The release was part of MEC’s sustained effort to convince Michigan legislators to establish a renewable energy standard and aggressive energy efficiency programming for the state’s ratepayers. At press time, MEC and its allies were continuing to press for those programs. Below is a summary of the report, which concludes that renewable power and efficiency is a win-win for the economy and environment.
View ArticleJan 1, 2008  •  Winter 2008 - Michigan Environmental Report
RELATED TOPICS: Energy Efficiency, Green Economy

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

Clean energy: It’s about the economy, dummy!

Michigan Environmental Report
It’s the economy, stupid! And, the environment as well, according to a new University of Michigan study that shows the two go hand-in-hand when it comes to renewable power, reductions in global warming pollution and incentives for energy efficiency.
View ArticleJul 21, 2007  •  Summer 2007 - Michigan Environmental Report

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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