electricity http://michiganradio.org en Roads and sewers aren't sexy, but they need our attention http://michiganradio.org/post/roads-and-sewers-arent-sexy-they-need-our-attention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back during the Great Depression, some radicals were strongly against helping starving people at all. They believed that when only their condition was so bad and so hopeless and they couldn’t stand it anymore, they would finally revolt and bring about a new society.</span></p><p>That never happened, of course, in part because the New Deal kept people alive and gave them hope in the future. For a long time, I thought the idea that you could get people to do the right thing only by making them suffer terribly was heartless.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:02:21 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16409 at http://michiganradio.org Roads and sewers aren't sexy, but they need our attention Consumers Energy puts Genesee County power plant project 'on hold' http://michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-puts-genesee-county-power-plant-project-hold <p>Consumers Energy is suspending plans to start building a $700 million power plant in Genesee County.</p><p>The utility announced today it will instead buy an existing Jackson County power plant for $155 million.</p><p>“You know, frankly, we can look out our windows at our headquarters at Consumers Energy, look east, and see the steam when that plant is operating, which is quite often,” says Dan Bishop, a Consumers spokesman.</p><p>The Jackson County power plant has been generating electricity for a decade. As a merchant power plant, it sold electricity on the wholesale market.</p> Thu, 30 Jan 2014 16:59:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16244 at http://michiganradio.org Consumers Energy puts Genesee County power plant project 'on hold' 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 Thousands will have to wait until after Christmas to get their electricity restored in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thousands-will-have-wait-until-after-christmas-get-their-electricity-restored-michigan <p>It will be Saturday at least before electricity is restored to all the Michigan homes and businesses that lost power in Sunday’s ice storm.</p><p>The storm knocked out power to almost a half million Michiganders.&nbsp; About 300,000 are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on.&nbsp;</p><p>Brian Wheeler is a Consumers Energy spokesman.&nbsp; He says about a third of the nearly 200,000 Consumers Energy customers without electricity are in Flint and Genesee County</p> Mon, 23 Dec 2013 21:34:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 15811 at http://michiganradio.org Thousands will have to wait until after Christmas to get their electricity restored in Michigan This is what it sounds like inside Michigan's largest wind farm http://michiganradio.org/post/what-it-sounds-inside-michigans-largest-wind-farm <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Gratiot County Wind Farm has 133 wind turbines scattered over more than 30,000 acres. It's the largest wind farm in Michigan. Each 1.6 megawatt wind turbine can generate enough power for 350 homes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">And this is what it sounds like when you stand directly beneath a wind turbine that stretches more than 450 feet into the sky with the wind blowing between 10 to 15 mph.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">(Listen below - You can hear the turbine slow down - I think it's neat, but I'm a nerd.)</span></p> Tue, 26 Nov 2013 15:44:39 +0000 Mark Brush 15437 at http://michiganradio.org This is what it sounds like inside Michigan's largest wind farm Michigan officials deliver energy policy report http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-officials-deliver-energy-policy-report <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - State officials have submitted the latest in a series of reports that Gov. Rick Snyder says will help Michigan make decisions about future energy policies.<br /><br />The "Additional Areas" report deals with reliability of electricity, rates and prices, and natural gas infrastructure. Among the material is a section on the role of states versus the role of regional transmission operators or independent system operators for reliability.<br /><br />Another section covers the linkage between natural gas prices and electricity prices.<br /> Sat, 16 Nov 2013 15:04:00 +0000 The Associated Press 15313 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan officials deliver energy policy report Michigan could get 30% of its energy from renewable sources http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-could-get-30-its-energy-renewable-sources <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Michigan Public Service Commission has submitted a </span><a href="http://michigan.gov/documents/energy/renewable_final_438952_7.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">report on renewable energy </a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">to Governor Snyder. That report indicates renewable energy is getting cheaper and more varied, ranging from wind and solar to biomass and ground source heat pumps.</span></p><p>But the surprising point in the report was this statement:</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 15:07:36 +0000 Lester Graham 15171 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan could get 30% of its energy from renewable sources Senators unhappy about Canada's nuclear waste plan http://michiganradio.org/post/senators-unhappy-about-canadas-nuclear-waste-plan <p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">DETROIT (AP) — U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin of Michigan are asking Secretary of State John Kerry to intervene in a Canadian plan to store nuclear waste underground near Lake Huron.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">Ontario Power Generation proposes a radioactive waste disposal facility at the Bruce nuclear power site in the city of Kincardine. If approved, it would house more than 200,000 cubic feet of waste about a mile from the lake.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">In a letter&nbsp;<span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1408414041" style="border-bottom-width: 1px; border-bottom-style: dashed; border-bottom-color: rgb(204, 204, 204); position: relative; top: -2px; z-index: 0;" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ" style="position: relative; top: 2px; z-index: -1;">Monday</span></span>&nbsp;to Kerry, the Democratic senators say they're concerned how storing so much radioactive material that close to the lake would affect the environment and industries such as fishing and tourism.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">They ask Kerry to urge the Canadian government to reconsider its plans.</p><p style="font-family: arial, sans-serif; font-size: 13.333333969116211px; line-height: normal;">The company says the underground rock formations would keep the waste safe for thousands of years.</p><p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 18:20:42 +0000 The Associated Press 14929 at http://michiganradio.org Senators unhappy about Canada's nuclear waste plan More Michigan utility customers get credit for generating excess power http://michiganradio.org/post/more-michigan-utility-customers-get-credit-generating-excess-power <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - More wind and solar energy users in Michigan are getting billing credit for excess power they generate.<br><br>State regulators issued a report last week showing utility customers with their own windmills and solar panels onsite increased the net metering program's production size by 55% from 2011 to 2012.<br><br>There also were more than 300 additional residential or business customers taking part in the program last year than the year before.<br> Mon, 02 Sep 2013 13:09:44 +0000 The Associated Press 14229 at http://michiganradio.org More Michigan utility customers get credit for generating excess power Consumers Energy moves forward on power plant plan http://michiganradio.org/post/consumers-energy-moves-forward-power-plant-plan <p>THETFORD TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Consumers Energy is taking steps toward its planned 700-megawatt natural gas-fired power plant in Michigan's Genesee County.<br><br>The Jackson-based utility filed Friday for approval of a certificate of necessity with the Michigan Public Service Commission. The filing is allowed under the state's energy reform law.<br><br>Chief Executive Officer John Russell says the filing establishes the plant "is in the best long-term interests of Michigan."<br> Sat, 13 Jul 2013 12:50:58 +0000 The Associated Press 13517 at http://michiganradio.org New Lansing power plant follows national trend toward natural gas http://michiganradio.org/post/new-lansing-power-plant-follows-national-trend-toward-natural-gas <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/lansings-new-power-plant-will-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions">Michigan has a new commercial scale power plant</a>; the first new power plant in Michigan in 25 years.</p><p>Coal is still the dominant fuel source in the state, but this plant's existence means there will be a little less coal being imported into Michigan.</p><p>At the ceremony today celebrating its opening, the Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light sang the new "REO Town" plant's praises:</p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 16:38:41 +0000 Mark Brush 13318 at http://michiganradio.org New Lansing power plant follows national trend toward natural gas Lansing's new power plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-new-power-plant-will-reduce-greenhouse-gas-emissions <p>Michigan’s first new utility built power plant in 25 years was fired up today in Lansing.</p><p></p><p>The Reo Town power plant’s natural gas powered turbines whirled to life this morning.</p><p></p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 15:55:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13317 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's new power plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions Michigan holding forums about future of energy http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-holding-forums-about-future-energy <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan Public Service Commission and Michigan Energy Office officials plan to hold the first of seven forums this week on the state's energy future.<br><br>Among those scheduled to speak Thursday in Lansing include representatives of the Michigan Manufacturers Association, Michigan Environmental Council and Citizens Against Rate Excess.<br><br>The four-hour public forum called "Readying Michigan to Make Good Energy Decisions" starts at 1 p.m. at the Library of Michigan.<br> Sun, 10 Feb 2013 13:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 11169 at http://michiganradio.org 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 Michigan gets federal grant to prevent damage to underground pipes, power lines http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gets-federal-grant-prevent-damage-underground-pipes-power-lines <p>Michigan will get $90,000 from the US Department of Transportation to help prevent damage to underground pipelines. The federal agency announced the grant today. It's granting $1.5 million total to 22 states. The money will support advertising efforts for <a href="http://www.missdig.net/">MISS DIG.</a></p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&amp;v=5zQj5Ak44yI</p><p>"The number one cause of pipeline damage is people excavating on their own property without knowing what’s underground," said Judy Palnau, a Michigan Public Service Commission spokeswoman. The MPSC applied for the grant. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 21:08:30 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8838 at http://michiganradio.org Utility customers get credits after 2-day outage http://michiganradio.org/post/utility-customers-get-credits-after-2-day-outage <p>DETROIT (AP) - About 8,000 DTE Energy Co. customers in Oakland County will receive credits on future bills after losing service this summer due to a substation fire.<br><br><a href="http://bit.ly/NuSHx4%20">The Detroit News</a> reports Friday that the credits will range from $25 to $250 and show up on bills over the next several months.</p><p>Residences and businesses in Royal Oak and Berkley, north of Detroit, lost power for two days last month.</p><p>DTE Energy spokesman Len Singer says the amount of the credits will depend on the length of time customers were without electricity.</p><p>The newspaper reports that customers can seek a $25 credit if an outage lasts more than 16 hours under normal conditions or more than 120 hours under catastrophic conditions. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 19:26:37 +0000 The Associated Press 8715 at http://michiganradio.org Utility customers get credits after 2-day outage Don't want a smart meter? You'll have to pay for privilege http://michiganradio.org/post/dont-want-smart-meter-youll-have-pay-privilege <p align="LEFT">The state&#39;s biggest electricity provider says customers who don&#39;t want a smart meter will have to pay extra for the privilege.</p><p align="LEFT">Smart meters use radio signals to allow two-way communication between a customer&#39;s residence&nbsp;and the utility.</p><p align="LEFT">The meters let utilities know immediately who has lost power, among other things.&nbsp; The company will also be able to remotely shut off power and turn it back on.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 02 Aug 2012 13:46:37 +0000 Tracy Samilton 8516 at http://michiganradio.org Don't want a smart meter? You'll have to pay for privilege A good day to sit next to an air conditioner in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/good-day-sit-next-air-conditioner-michigan <p>How hot was it today?</p><p></p><p>Hot enough for Consumers Energy to smash its all-time record for electricity demand.</p><p> Tue, 17 Jul 2012 22:04:25 +0000 Steve Carmody 8318 at http://michiganradio.org A good day to sit next to an air conditioner in Michigan Another hot day without electricity for many Michiganders http://michiganradio.org/post/another-hot-day-without-electricity-many-michiganders <p>DETROIT (AP) - Utility workers are battling high temperatures as they work to restore electricity to tens of thousands of Michigan homes and businesses without power following thunderstorms this week.<br /><br /> DTE Energy said early Saturday about 45,000 of its customers were without power, mostly in Oakland and Wayne counties. Consumers Energy reported about 23,700 of its customers without power.<br /><br /> Most of those without electricity lost service after storms late Wednesday and Thursday. DTE says most of its customers should have power back by Saturday night.<br /> Sat, 07 Jul 2012 13:59:12 +0000 The Associated Press 8180 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders still waiting for the power to be turned back on http://michiganradio.org/post/many-michiganders-still-waiting-power-be-turned-back <p>Nearly 150,000 Michiganders are sweating through today without electricity.</p><p>Severe storms earlier this week knocked out power to more than 400,000 Michigan utility customers.</p><p>Spokesmen for DTE and Consumers Energy say it may be late Saturday or early Sunday before all the electricity is restored.</p><p>Dan Bishop is a spokesman for Consumers Energy. He says utility crews expect to make a lot of progress today, despite having to work in temperatures around 100 degrees.</p><p>&ldquo;The heat is obviously the story of the day,&rdquo; says Bishop. &ldquo;The most important concern for us is to make sure our crews are well hydrated and working safely.&rdquo;</p><p>Consumers Energy is getting some extra help from linemen from Missouri and Indiana. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 15:58:48 +0000 Steve Carmody 8168 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders still waiting for the power to be turned back on