August 8th, 2020 | by Johnna Crider
The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) recently discovered that the value of rooftop solar in Michigan is 24 cents per kWh. This is well above the net metering compensation paid to customers with solar roofs installed. SEIA's Director of Rate Design, Kevin Lucas, shared this find in a Consumers Energy rate case testimony
May 14th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
Several states would like Tesla to make them their new home. Tesla has a golden opportunity to drive a stake through the heart of franchise dealer laws. Now you be a good time to take advantage of it.
May 4th, 2020 | by John Farrell
Many cities have already proven the possibility of 100% clean, renewable electricity. For those that are still working towards this goal, patience and persistence are one way to get there
February 18th, 2020 | by Guest Contributor
The Responsible Battery Coalition (RBC) — a leading coalition of companies, academics and organizations dedicated to the responsible management and environmental sustainability of batteries — applauded research published today by the University of Michigan (U-M) in the Journal of Energy Storage on best practices for consumers for extending the life of lithium-ion batteries, as well as the cost savings associated with minimizing degradation
February 7th, 2020 | by Steve Hanley
Jackson Reigler is building a business based on making clothing using polyester yarn from recycled plastic bottles. He is proof that a circular economy model works.
January 21st, 2020 | by Johnna Crider
A new legal settlement ruled in favor of Tesla in Michigan. Tesla can now sell and service its vehicles in the state of Michigan, according to an anonymous source close to the matter. This agreement will enable Tesla buyers to pick up any new Tesla vehicles they buy within Michigan instead of having to leave the state to do so. But the deal is a bit complicated
July 23rd, 2019 | by John Farrell
In 2011, the neighborhoods of Highland Park, Michigan, went dark. The utility company had repossessed streetlights to collect on the city’s debt. Unwilling to stand idly by, the people of Highland Park organized to light the streets themselves using off-grid, renewable energy
April 12th, 2019 | by Carolyn Fortuna
What do hundreds of abandoned metal mines and high electricity rates have in common? Well, in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, research is underway that could adapt the contours of underground mines to harness pumped hydro storage.
March 21st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Ford says it will invest $850 million in its Flat Rock factory to get it ready to manufacture electric cars in 2023. Of course, it said the same thing two years ago. Will its new electric SUV be called the Model E?
March 20th, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Researchers at Michigan Technical University claim that increasing the amount of distributed renewable energy, particularly solar, within the state would lower utility bills for customers and make the electrical grid more resilient. Isn't it amazing that we still need studies to point out the obvious?
January 23rd, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Waymo and Magna have announced they will open a factory to manufacture self-driving cars somewhere in southeastern Michigan and expect the first cars to come off the assembly line this year.
January 1st, 2019 | by Steve Hanley
Michigan governor Rick Snyder vetoed two bills passed by the state legislature exempting rooftop solar systems from local property taxes. The move stunned solar supporters.
November 18th, 2018 | by Guest Contributor
On November 5, 2018, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) held a webinar on how the Volkswagen Settlement Beneficiary Mitigation Plan (BMP) will be spent. Robert Jackson head of the Light Duty Zero Emissions Vehicle Supply Equipment Program (Program) for the Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) spoke about their plans to create, implement, and invest in Michigan’s electric vehicle charging infrastructure and hydrogen fuel cell dispensers (HFCD)
July 19th, 2018 | by Jake Richardson
Central Michigan station in Detroit has been closed for many years. In fact, for some it has been a symbol of urban decay, but Bill Ford wants to change that. In the next four years, the plan is to renovate it for use by the Ford Motor Company, so it becomes an entrepreneurial hub
July 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
After Elon Musk concluded a deal to build a manufacturing plant in Shanghai this week, he flew to Beijing to talk with Chinese leaders about weightier matters -- things like peaceful coexistence, the future of humanity, and preventing an environmental catastrophe. Afterward he tweeted, "Excellent meetings with senior leaders in China. Very thoughtful about the long-term future."
July 3rd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
A study commissioned by the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum finds that if the state gets 30% of its energy from renewables by 2027, that could add 68,000 jobs and give a $10 billion boost to the state's economy.
June 12th, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
A federal judge in Michigan has ruled in favor of a request by Tesla asking for the release of communications between a lobbyist for the state's auto dealers and state legislatures pertaining to a law prohibiting direct sales to Michigan residents.
April 9th, 2018 | by NRDC
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder today announced that the state would stop providing free bottled water to Flint residents.
March 31st, 2018 | by Carolyn Fortuna
Schools are increasingly turning to solar as a pathway to embracing clean renewable energy
February 22nd, 2018 | by Steve Hanley
Sometimes it's hard to see that progress is taking place, but when it comes to getting electricity from coal, progress is indeed happening and the pace is accelerating.