In Michigan, a conservative clean energy playbook emerges

Renewable energy is getting cheaper and more popular, even among Republican voters, and that makes now a better time than ever for conservative candidates to support clean energy…

Solar installations put Ypsilanti, Michigan on the clean energy map

A volunteer-driven effort to install solar in the middle-class town of 20,000 people has caught the attention of Google and the U.S. Department of Energy.

5 takeaways from Michigan’s renewable portfolio standard report

The debate over renewable energy in Michigan is again in full swing. Within the past two weeks, advocates launched a ballot initiative to require utilities to hit 30…

Upper Peninsula groups see a bigger role for solar, efficiency

Michigan regulators’ approval of gas units to replacing an aging coal plant was a setback for Upper Peninsula clean energy groups, but advocates still see opportunities to expand…

Q&A: Michigan energy director says pipeline shutdown ‘still very much on the table’

Since Gov. Rick Snyder took office in 2011, Michigan’s energy sector — like those across the country — has undergone a major shift. Utilities plan to have closed…

Ann Arbor Passes 100% Renewable Energy City Resolution

The City of Ann Arbor unanimously passed a resolution committing to using 100% clean and renewable energy for all city facilities by 2035. Ann Arbor has come one…

In Michigan, study shows utility energy savings mostly benefit wealthier customers

Michigan utilities spend tens of millions of dollars each year on rebates, energy audits and other programs to help customers cut their energy bills. Most of that spending…

Advocates say solar poised for growth under latest regulatory changes in Michigan

With the ongoing decline of solar energy costs and now a favorable ruling by Michigan regulators recognizing its ability to produce valuable energy during peak times, advocates say…

Q&A: Michigan nonprofit seeks local solutions on clean energy

Dan Worth of Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities - a MICAN member organization - doesn’t really care what the president tweets about climate change. For the nonprofit, based in…

As solar booms in Michigan, townships tackle land use questions

With the declining costs of solar energy and Michigan’s increased renewable portfolio standard, small townships throughout the state are confronting challenging land-use questions amid the increase in large-scale…


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