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…

Mental Health Millage to Fund Ann Arbor Climate Action

The Ann Arbor Climate Partnership is urging voters in Washtenaw County to support a mental health millage that would also happen fund climate action.

Meridian Township Commits to 100% Renewable Energy by 2035

The Meridian Township Board (adjacent to East Lansing) approved a Climate Sustainability Plan on Tuesday, October 17th. The plan provides a framework for the Township to improve sustainability…

Clean Power Plan Rollback Bad for Michigan

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator Scott Pruitt just announced plans to roll back the Clean Power Plan, the Obama-era rule to reduce carbon pollution that is causing climate change.

Michigan cycling advocate seeing big results from thinking small

It was the school dropoff that did it for Ty Schmidt. When he first moved to Traverse City, Michigan, about 11 years ago, he realized that the frustratingly…

Michigan economist discusses the market forces pushing electric vehicles, clean energy

After serving 18 years as chief global economist at Ford Motor Co. and then as chief economist at the U.S. Department of Commerce under President Barack Obama, Ellen…

Q&A: A Michigan clean energy pioneer keeps looking to the future

On the outskirts of Traverse City, Michigan, sitting in the middle of farmland off M-72, is a giant lonely wind turbine that, in addition to electricity, produces a…

As coal plants close, groups scrutinize plans for more gas-fired generation in Michigan

Plans to build natural gas plants to replace coal-fired generation in Michigan are facing scrutiny from advocates looking to ensure renewable energy and energy efficiency are also being…

Michigan program finances first megawatt of solar, with ambitious goals ahead

A clean energy financing program in Michigan reached a milestone last month when it helped homeowners and businesses install 1 megawatt of solar energy across the state.

Michigan utility embarks on ‘next generation infrastructure’ for clean energy

As blighted and empty properties are being revamped on Grand Rapids, Michigan’s West Side, a major utility is partnering with the city and a local developer on an…


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