renewable energy http://michiganradio.org en Science group says Michigan can affordably triple reliance on renewable energy by 2030 http://michiganradio.org/post/science-group-says-michigan-can-affordably-triple-reliance-renewable-energy-2030 <p>Michigan can meet almost one-third of its electricity needs from in-state renewable energy sources by 2030 – at virtually no increase in cost to consumers.</p><p>That's according to a Union of Concerned Scientists <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/clean_energy/Charting-Michigan-s-Renewable-Energy-Future.pdf">report</a>&nbsp;released on Wednesday.&nbsp;</p><p>Sam Gomberg is an energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists and author of the report.</p> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 20:29:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16843 at http://michiganradio.org Science group says Michigan can affordably triple reliance on renewable energy by 2030 Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-thursday-january-9-2014 <p>Last month, Governor Rick Snyder called for less coal power and more renewable energy in Michigan. Utilities are in a good position, but questions remain over whether lawmakers will be able to act before the state's current energy standards expire. We found out more on today's show.</p><p>Then, of all the physics professors in the United States, only 14% are women. Why do some female scientists give up? And what can be done to help female students and minorities succeed?</p><p>And, we heard from the BBC on how China had become the world leader for wind power.</p><p>Also, a group of “free skiers” have found a new ski location in the abandon buildings of Detroit.</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t's Thursday, time for the first check-in of this New Year with Detroit News business columnist Daniel Howes.</span></p><p>Understandably, he has the auto industry on his mind as we prepare for next week's opening of the North American International Auto Show. He got an early look at the show, and he joined us today to discuss it.</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 22:18:15 +0000 Stateside Staff 15959 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Thursday, January 9, 2014 A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future http://michiganradio.org/post/closer-look-future-ethanol-and-our-renewable-energy-future <p>It’s been seven years since America hit the accelerator on corn-based ethanol fuels. Homegrown corn became the centerpiece of a push to find an alternative to foreign oil.</p><p>President Bush signed this expansion of the Renewable Fuel Standard in 2007, promising it would make us “stronger, cleaner and more secure.”</p><p>But, as is so often the case, something that offers great promise on one hand, takes its toll on the other hand. So the view of corn-based ethanol very much depends upon which side of the fence you’re standing on.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 22:28:55 +0000 Stateside Staff 15924 at http://michiganradio.org A closer look at the future of ethanol and our renewable energy future You could choose your own power company under new legislation http://michiganradio.org/post/you-could-choose-your-own-power-company-under-new-legislation <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Michigan could deregulate the electricity market, allowing people to choose where they buy electricity.</p><p>In downtown Frankenmuth there are two very popular restaurants: the <a href="http://bavarianinn.com/">Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn</a> and right across the street, <a href="http://www.zehnders.com/dining/zehndersrestaurant.htm">Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth</a>. Both are famous for their chicken dinners. And the owners are cousins -- both of them are Zehnders.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:00:00 +0000 Lester Graham 15897 at http://michiganradio.org You could choose your own power company under new legislation In this morning's headlines: No clear energy plan, Duggan to have power, McBride trial http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-headlines-no-clear-energy-plan-duggan-have-power-mcbride-trial <p><strong>Snyder wants less coal, but no clear energy plan</strong></p><p>"Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs more renewable energy and less coal over the next decade. The governor yesterday outlined broad goals for energy policy between now and 2025. But the governor admits it’ll be difficult for lawmakers to pass comprehensive energy legislation during an election year," Jake Neher reports.</p><p><strong>Duggan to have broad powers as Detroit Mayor</strong></p><p>"Detroit mayor-elect Mike Duggan will have broad powers to run the city’s day-to-day business when&nbsp; he takes office in January. Duggan and emergency manager Kevyn Orr have reached a power-sharing agreement that gives Duggan control over most city functions," Sarah Cwiek <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/duggan-orr-reach-power-sharing-agreement-detroit">reports.</a></p><p><strong>Murder trial for man who shot Renisha McBride</strong></p><p><br />"A Dearborn Heights homeowner will go on trial for shooting and killing an<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/what-we-know-and-what-we-dont-know-about-renisha-mcbride-case"> unarmed teen</a> on his front porch. A judge ruled Theodore Wafer can face a second-degree murder charge," Sarah Cwiek<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/homeowner-who-shot-renisha-mcbride-will-go-trial-murder"> reports. </a></p><p> Fri, 20 Dec 2013 12:37:53 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 15772 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's headlines: No clear energy plan, Duggan to have power, McBride trial Lessenberry talks child well-being, renewable energy in Michigan and looks ahead to 2014 politics http://michiganradio.org/post/lessenberry-talks-child-well-being-renewable-energy-michigan-and-looks-ahead-2014-politics <p>This <em>Week in Michigan Politics</em>, Jack Lessenberry and Christina Shockley discuss the state of child well-being in Michigan, and look ahead to Governor Rick Snyder's energy plan he'll announce Thursday. They also take a look at legislation likely to be taken up in early 2014.</p><p></p><p> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 14:02:41 +0000 Jack Lessenberry, Christina Shockley & Emily Fox 15742 at http://michiganradio.org Lessenberry talks child well-being, renewable energy in Michigan and looks ahead to 2014 politics Stateside for Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-december-11th-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Renewable resources, such as wind and solar, are likely to supply 10% of Michigan electricity by 2015, as state law mandates. On today’s program, we looked at a recent report that says we could be doing more, boosting the number to 30% by 2035.</span></p><p>Then, the losing streak of Medora, Indiana's high school basketball team compelled two Michigan filmmakers to move there, and to tell the story of this small industrial town and the people who live there.</p><p>And, federal Judge Stephen Rhodes gave Detroit the go-ahead to slash its public pension and healthcare benefits. What will this mean for Detroit retirees?</p><p>First on the show, i<span style="line-height: 1.5;">t was one year ago this day that the State Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder passed a set of bills into law that made some very contentious history in our State.</span></p><p>On December 11th, 2012, Michigan became the nation's 24th right-to-work state.</p><p>The laws took effect in March, making it illegal to force workers to pay union dues as a condition of employment.</p><p>One year later, has right-to-work changed Michigan?</p><p>We were joined for this discussion by Michigan State University economist Charley Ballard, and, from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Wendy Block.</p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:56:27 +0000 Stateside Staff 15647 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, December 11th, 2013 Can Michigan reach 30% renewable energy sources by 2035? http://michiganradio.org/post/can-michigan-reach-30-renewable-energy-sources-2035 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Our state is working to get its energy needs met by wind and other renewable sources.</span></p><p>Right now, state law mandates that electric providers must obtain 10% of their electricity sales from renewable resources by 2015.</p><p>We're on track to do that.</p><p>But a <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/documents/energy/renewable_final_438952_7.pdf">recent report</a> turned in to Governor Snyder says we could boost that to 30% by 2035. And when compared to neighboring states, Michigan's Renewable Portfolio Standard, the RPS, is not as robust as it could be.</p><p>John Quackenbush is the Chairman of the State Public Service Commission who led the renewable energy study at the Governor's request, and James Clift is the director of the Michigan Environmental Council. They joined us today to discuss the issue.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Dec 2013 21:38:43 +0000 Stateside Staff 15646 at http://michiganradio.org Can Michigan reach 30% renewable energy sources by 2035? Renewable energy use continues to rise http://michiganradio.org/post/renewable-energy-use-continues-rise <p>In the United States, we’re using more renewable energy than we were a few years ago.</p><p>A.J. Simon is the group leader for energy with the <a href="https://www.llnl.gov/">Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory</a>. The lab just released a chart outlining the nation’s energy use for the year 2012.</p><p>“We are significantly expanding our use of wind energy, the technology for wind turbines has come a long way in the past decade or so, and both federal and state policy in terms of renewable portfolio standards as well as financial incentives have encouraged a lot of utilities to install a lot of wind power so we’re seeing huge growth in the generation of electricity from wind," he says.</p><p> Tue, 23 Jul 2013 15:55:05 +0000 Rebecca Williams 13647 at http://michiganradio.org Renewable energy use continues to rise Check out the small green circle on Michigan in this energy map http://michiganradio.org/post/check-out-small-green-circle-michigan-energy-map <p><a href="http://www.motherjones.com/blue-marble/2013/05/interactive-which-states-use-most-green-energy" target="_blank">Check this chart out</a>. Interact with it.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The green circles hoverin</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">g over each of the fifty states represents each state's green energy consumption, based on recent data from the Energy Information Administration.&nbsp;</span></p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 18:07:01 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12835 at http://michiganradio.org Check out the small green circle on Michigan in this energy map How to turn beer, manure, rotten milk, and chocolate-covered cherries into electricity http://michiganradio.org/post/how-turn-beer-manure-rotten-milk-and-chocolate-covered-cherries-electricity <p>When you find an anaerobic digester in Michigan, they’re usually set up on large scale dairy farms.</p><p>Michigan State University has a good YouTube video showing how the process works at the digester on their campus.</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ob7fJdzzpNA</p><p>Bacteria turn all that cow manure into methane, which is burned in engines to create renewable electricity. But now there’s a new kind of digester in Fremont, Michigan that’s consuming much more than cow poop. Tue, 12 Mar 2013 13:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11632 at http://michiganradio.org How to turn beer, manure, rotten milk, and chocolate-covered cherries into electricity Grand Rapids officials making progress on 2020 renewables goal http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-officials-making-progress-2020-renewables-goal-0 <p>The mayor of Grand Rapids wants all of the electricity for the city's operations to come from renewable sources by the year 2020.</p><p>I recently met up with Grand Rapids Fire Captain Tony Hendges to check in on the city's progress.</p><p>He led the way down a dark stairwell to the basement of the Leonard Street Fire Station. There’s some exercise equipment on one side of the room. On the other side are a bunch of large white metal boxes and lots of new pipes coming out of them: a geothermal system.</p><p> Thu, 14 Feb 2013 16:21:37 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11233 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids officials making progress on 2020 renewables goal State officials want your input on Michigan's energy future http://michiganradio.org/post/state-officials-want-your-input-michigans-energy-future <p>In Michigan, we get more than half of our electricity from coal.&nbsp; All of that coal is imported from other states.</p><p>In a couple weeks, you’ll get a chance to weigh in on how we’ll use energy in the future.</p><p>When Governor Rick Snyder gave his&nbsp;<a href="http://www.elabs6.com/c.html?ufl=e&amp;rtr=on&amp;s=m74,15k4c,eha,8jqz,eh51,k80w,jug0" target="_blank">Special Message on Energy and the Environment</a> last fall, he said he wanted to hold forums around the state to talk about energy.</p><p> Tue, 29 Jan 2013 17:02:52 +0000 Rebecca Williams 10984 at http://michiganradio.org State officials want your input on Michigan's energy future Congress extends production tax credit for wind http://michiganradio.org/post/congress-extends-production-tax-credit-wind <p>With all the buzz around the fiscal cliff in Congress, something happened that you might’ve missed.</p><p>There’s a federal tax credit. It’s called the wind energy Production Tax Credit, and it was about to expire at the end of last year.</p><p>At the final hour, Congress extended that tax credit, and President Obama signed the bill.</p><p>It now covers wind projects that start construction in 2013.</p><p>Peter Kelley, a spokesman for the American Wind Energy Association, says the credit gives tax relief for the first ten years of a wind farm.</p> Tue, 08 Jan 2013 15:14:23 +0000 Rebecca Williams 10662 at http://michiganradio.org Congress extends production tax credit for wind In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-118 <p><strong>Snyder pushes renewable energy and drilling for natural gas</strong></p><p>Governor Rick Snyder gave a special address on energy and the environment Wednesday. Highlights of his address include a push for more renewable energy and more drilling for natural gas. As the Lansing State Journal <a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/viewart/20121128/NEWS04/311280029/Natural-gas-key-Snyder-energy-plan-Michigan?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|p">reports, </a></p><blockquote><p>"The Republican governor gave natural gas a central role in an energy policy that seeks greater efficiency and improvements to infrastructure such as pipelines and the electric transmission grid. It proposes establishing a “strategic natural gas reserve” designed to make the resource more affordable and defends the practice of hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” to extract gas from deep underground."</p></blockquote><p><strong>GOP pushing for right-to-work in lame duck</strong></p><p>Republicans are still working to make Michigan a right-to-work state. This comes after voters rejected a ballot proposal to enshrine collective bargaining in the state constitution. As the Detroit News <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121129/POLITICS02/211290386/GOP-tries-again-right-work-laws-Michigan?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">reports,</a></p><blockquote><p>"Today could be the last chance to introduce a bill making union membership optional as a condition of employment in the private and public sectors to get it passed by Dec. 13. That's the day legislative leaders hope to head home for the holidays."</p></blockquote><p><strong>Sorry Michigan, no one won the Powerball jackpot in the state</strong></p><p>"The Michigan Lottery says two Powerball tickets worth $1 million each were sold in the state. Officials say the tickets were sold at a liquor store in Kentwood and a CVS pharmacy in Dearborn. The Michigan tickets matched five numbers drawn last night, but not the Powerball number. Powerball officials said early Thursday that tickets sold in Arizona and Missouri matched all six numbers to win the $579.9 million jackpot," the AP repots. Thu, 29 Nov 2012 12:16:23 +0000 Emily Fox 10129 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines. . . Stateside: The renewable energy question http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-renewable-energy-question <p>Continuing our examination of the six proposals on Michigan's ballot, we turn to <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-proposal-3-25-25">Proposal 3: The renewable energy question.</a><br><br>&nbsp;Michigan Radio's Rebecca Williams, host of "The Environment Report," spoke with Cyndy about how the proposal would affect the state if passed.</p><p>Listen to the segment above.</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 20:48:59 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9717 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The renewable energy question Commentary: The renewable energy amendment http://michiganradio.org/post/commentary-renewable-energy-amendment <p></p><p></p><p>I suspect some people are having a harder time deciding how to vote on the renewable energy amendment -- Proposal 3 -- than on any of the other five proposals on this year’s ballot.</p><p>The others are pretty straightforward. Either you think the emergency manager law is necessary, or you don’t.&nbsp; Either you think collective bargaining should be a constitutional right, or you don’t.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:14:24 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 9616 at http://michiganradio.org Commentary: The renewable energy amendment Proposal 3: 25 x '25 would amend Michigan's Constitution to increase use of renewables http://michiganradio.org/post/proposal-3-25-x-25-would-amend-michigans-constitution-increase-use-renewables <p><em>This is a story I produced for NPR's Morning Edition.&nbsp; Editors were interested in Proposal 3 in Michigan because, if it passes, it would be the first time a state constitution would be amended for a Renewable Portfolio Standard. We'll be looking at this proposal in more detail in future reports.</em></p><p>There are business effects to some of the more than 170 statewide ballot measures to be decided in next month's elections. In California, voters will determine if labels should be required on genetically-modified food. People in Arkansas will vote whether to increase taxes for highways and bridges. And one measure in Michigan is capturing attention - whether the state constitution should be amended to change how utilities get their electricity.</p><p> Fri, 12 Oct 2012 17:09:28 +0000 Rebecca Williams 9469 at http://michiganradio.org Proposal 3: 25 x '25 would amend Michigan's Constitution to increase use of renewables 5 things to know about Proposal 3: 25 by '25 http://michiganradio.org/post/5-things-know-about-proposal-3-25-25 <p>Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS) promote the use of renewable energy by requiring that a minimum percentage or amount of energy sold in a state come from sources like wind, solar, biomass, or hydropower.&nbsp;</p><p>There are currently 29 states with some sort of RPS in place. Michigan is one of them.&nbsp;</p><p>Michigan’s current standard, passed by the legislature in 2008, calls for 10 percent of retail electricity sales to be derived from renewable sources by 2015.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 15:56:28 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9426 at http://michiganradio.org 5 things to know about Proposal 3: 25 by '25 Chair of House Energy and Commerce Committee suggests cutting subsidies for oil and gas companies http://michiganradio.org/post/chair-house-energy-and-commerce-committee-suggests-cutting-subsidies-oil-and-gas-companies <p>Congressman Fred Upton says he’s in favor of getting rid of federal subsidies for the oil and gas industry.</p><p>He made the comments during a debate last Monday night in Kalamazoo. The debate was hosted by The Kalamazoo Gazette/Mlive.com and public radio station WMUK. You can hear <a href="http://wmuk.org/news/select/316375/6th_Congressional_Debate__A_breakdown_of_the_debate_between_Upton_and_O_Brien">the entire debate on their website. </a></p><p>During a discussion about renewable energy, Upton said the country “doesn’t need tax subsidies” for any energy companies.</p><p>Upton railed against President Obama’s investment in failed solar panel company Solyndra.</p><p>“We don’t need subsidies like this, particularly when the taxpayer losses every dime in their pocket. So I’m for putting all of these on an even footing. Let’s look at the oil and gas subsidies. Let’s taken them away. Let’s let them compete just like everyone else at the same level. We can do that with the tax code to take those special provisions away,” Upton said. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:01:21 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9430 at http://michiganradio.org Chair of House Energy and Commerce Committee suggests cutting subsidies for oil and gas companies