coal http://michiganradio.org en New laws allow for coal ash in cement and asphalt http://michiganradio.org/post/new-laws-allow-coal-ash-cement-and-asphalt <p>This week Gov. Rick Snyder signed laws that allow for more uses of industrial byproducts.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p>The idea is to send less material to landfills and instead recycle them into as many practical uses as possible.&nbsp;</p><p>These are materials like coal ash, paper-mill sludge and foundry sand.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">In the past they were dumped in landfills.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 19:49:13 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 18061 at http://michiganradio.org New laws allow for coal ash in cement and asphalt 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' 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 Holland needs air permit for new natural gas plant http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-needs-air-permit-new-natural-gas-plant-0 <p>The City of Holland wants to get an air permit so it can build a <a href="http://p21decision.com/the-new-power-plant/#!">new natural gas-fired power plant</a>.</p><p>People have until <a href="http://www.deq.state.mi.us/aps/cwerp.shtml">Wednesday to tell the state’s Department of Environmental Quality what they think of the plans.</a></p><p>The roughly $200 million dollar power plant would help replace the city’s 70 year old DeYoung coal plant.</p> Mon, 25 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 15401 at http://michiganradio.org Holland needs air permit for new natural gas plant 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 New power plant will go online in Lansing, Michigan this Monday http://michiganradio.org/post/new-power-plant-will-go-online-lansing-michigan-monday <p>The Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light say this new power plant will be "the first new utility power plant built in Michigan in 25 years."</p><p>Following <a href="http://online.wsj.com/article/SB20001424052748703579804575441683910246338.html">a national trend away from coal</a>, this power plant will burn natural gas.</p><p>According to their <a href="http://www.lbwl.com/About-the-BWL/News/BWL-Cogeneration-Plant-is-%E2%80%9CGoing-Commercial%E2%80%9D-on-July-1/">press release</a>, the municipally-owned utility expects to cut is greenhouse gas emissions by 50% compared to the coal-fired steam and electric units the new power plant will replace. They list other benefits as well:</p><blockquote><p>- Eliminate the need to burn 351,000 tons of coal compared to the steam and electric units that the new plant will replace.</p><p>- Lower mercury and SO2 (sulfur dioxide) emissions by over 99 percent, and NOx (oxides of nitrogen) by over 85 percent compared to the coal-fired boilers that are now retired.</p></blockquote><p>The power plant called the "REO Town plant" will be fully operational <span class="aBn" data-term="goog_1543982731" tabindex="0"><span class="aQJ">Monday</span></span>.</p><p>It's part $182 million project that also includes a headquarters building and a restored Grand Trunk Western Railroad depot for the BWL Board of Commissioners meetings.</p><p>The plant is expected to generate up to 300,000 pounds of steam for 225 steam customers in downtown Lansing, replacing the Moores Park Steam Plant. It also will provide 100 megawatts of electricity, about 20 percent of the utility's electric generation.</p><p>The Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light offers water, electric, steam and chilled water service to more than 100,000 residential and business customers. Fri, 28 Jun 2013 19:15:29 +0000 Mark Brush 13302 at http://michiganradio.org New power plant will go online in Lansing, Michigan this Monday Michigan is working towards clean energy, but is still very dependent on coal http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-working-towards-clean-energy-still-very-dependent-coal <p>There’s a huge disconnect between our use of electricity and the burning of coal. The average American’s use of electricity in a day equals 20 pounds of coal, that’s what you burn on average.</p><p>In Michigan, all the coal we use is imported from out of state.</p><p>Skiles Boyd, vice president of environmental management and resources at DTE Energy, and Tiffany Hartung with the Sierra Club, organizer for the Moving Beyond Coal campaign, joined us today to discuss our dependence on coal. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 21:27:53 +0000 Stateside Staff 13256 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan is working towards clean energy, but is still very dependent on coal Stateside for Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-wednesday-june-26th-2013 <p>We continued our look at energy in Michigan today with coal. DTE Energy's Skiles Boyd and the Sierra Club's Tiffany Hartung spoke with us about what is being done in Michigan to reduce coal emissions and move towards renewable energy.</p><p>Also, the new Whole Foods store in Midtown Detroit has garnered a lot of attention. We talked with Kami Pothukuchi and Micki Maynard about how the store has affected the area.</p><p>First on the show, the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act is unconstitutional, meaning same-sex couples who are legally married will be recognized by the federal government. The court also ruled in a case that basically makes same-sex marriage in California legal.</p><p>But what does that mean for Michigan?</p><p>In 2004, voters approved a state constitutional amendment banning recognition of same-sex marriage or similar union. What’s the future of that amendment? What changes will there be for same-sex couples legally married in another state but living in Michigan?</p><p>Larry Dubin, a professor at the University of Detroit Mercy law school and Emily Dievendorf, the managing director of Equality Michigan, joined us today to discuss the issue. Wed, 26 Jun 2013 18:28:07 +0000 Stateside Staff 13263 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside for Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 Court tosses challenges to coal permits http://michiganradio.org/post/court-tosses-challenges-coal-permits <p>Two utilities have been given permission to build new coal-fired power plants in northern and western Michigan. The state Court of Appeals has tossed out legal challenges to their permits. But, that doesn't mean the plants will be built.</p><p>Environmental groups went to court to challenge the permits. The state Department of Environmental Quality says the utilities demonstrated there was a demand for electricity. And the agency says the proposed coal plants in Holland and Rogers City met state and federal pollution standards.</p> Mon, 25 Mar 2013 19:32:07 +0000 Rick Pluta 11855 at http://michiganradio.org Court tosses challenges to coal permits Holland City Council votes to replace aging coal plant with new natural gas one http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-city-council-votes-replace-aging-coal-plant-new-natural-gas-one <p>The City of Holland plans to build a new $182 million power plant. Wednesday night Holland City Council voted eight to one to replace the city’s more than 70-year-old coal plant with a brand new one that burns natural gas instead.</p><p>“I don’t know about you but I’ve made some bad decisions in my life and I’ve made them probably because I acted too quickly,” City Councilman Wayne Klomparens said before casting the lone “no” vote.</p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 05:53:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 10236 at http://michiganradio.org Holland City Council votes to replace aging coal plant with new natural gas one President of the Union of Concerned Scientists stumps in Michigan for Prop 3 http://michiganradio.org/post/president-union-concerned-scientists-stumps-michigan-prop-3 <p>Kevin Knobloch, President of the <a href="http://www.ucsusa.org/">Union of Concerned Scientists </a>was in Grand Rapids and will be&nbsp;in&nbsp;<a href="https://www.facebook.com/events/412371202162601/">Kalamazoo tonight </a>to ask people to vote in favor of Proposition 3. In <a href="http://blog.ucsusa.org/michigan-has-a-powerful-megaphone-for-our-energy-future/?utm_&amp;utm_medium=head&amp;utm_campaign=MI">an essay Knobloch called </a>it "the most important clean energy vote this year".</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 18:53:45 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9599 at http://michiganradio.org Sikkema says green energy mandate would lead to higher energy costs http://michiganradio.org/post/sikkema-says-green-energy-mandate-would-lead-higher-energy-costs <p>The campaigns for and against Proposal 3 on the November ballot are arguing the economic merits of renewable fuels versus coal and gas.</p><p>Proposal 3 would require 25 percent of the state’s electricity be generated using wind, the sun, or bio-fuels by 2025.</p><p>Ken Sikkema conducted a study for the campaign against Proposal 3.</p><p>He compared the costs of renewable generation to the costs of using coal or natural gas.</p><p>He found renewable energy will be more expensive. Sikkema says businesses, in particular, need flexibility in planning for their energy needs.</p><p>"We don’t know what the cost of fuel’s going to be – for example, natural gas prices are on a downward spiral," says Sikkema. "That could be a factor in, if you need new generation, what do you use? Do you use wind? Do you use natural gas, or coal?"</p><p>The campaign for Proposal 3 says the ballot question would help stabilize energy costs, because the cost of wind and solar energy is not as volatile as fossil fuels.</p><p>The campaign also says the 25 percent target would help make renewable energy more affordable. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 21:53:50 +0000 Rick Pluta 9015 at http://michiganradio.org Sikkema says green energy mandate would lead to higher energy costs Sounding off on Holland, Michigan's long-term energy plans http://michiganradio.org/post/sounding-holland-michigans-long-term-energy-plans <p>People and interest groups are expected to weigh in on the City of Holland’s long term energy plan at two public hearings tonight and Wednesday.<br><br>Angela Badran, with Holland’s Board of Public Works, says the city is trying to figure out the best way to supply residents and industry with baseload energy for the next few decades.</p><p>"It’s very complex sort of situation that we’re looking at in, how can we best fit the needs of Holland for the next 25 years," says Badran.<br><br>The biggest decision facing the city-owned utility is what to do with its aging coal plant.</p><p>An independent consultant says the city would get the best return on investment if it converts the coal plant to burn natural gas instead.<br><br>Holland is taking input on several proposed plans at this week's public hearings. Tue, 04 Sep 2012 17:02:41 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8929 at http://michiganradio.org Sounding off on Holland, Michigan's long-term energy plans Should Holland’s power plant stop burning coal and switch to natural gas? http://michiganradio.org/post/should-holland-s-power-plant-stop-burning-coal-and-switch-natural-gas <p>Holland&rsquo;s city owned utility would be better off if it burned natural gas rather than coal in the future. That&rsquo;s the conclusion of a months-long study <a href="http://p21decision.com/2012/08/09/see-the-sroi-results/">released this week.</a></p><p>The city hired an energy consultant firm to figure out which of its many energy options would produce the best return on investment. The firm said natural gas would be the best bang for the buck. The report says that return also considers other factors like the environment.</p> Thu, 09 Aug 2012 22:54:02 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8621 at http://michiganradio.org Should Holland’s power plant stop burning coal and switch to natural gas? City of Holland takes a long-term look at energy issues http://michiganradio.org/post/city-holland-takes-long-term-look-energy-issues <p>Holland City Council adopted guidelines on Wednesday night&nbsp;to handle the city&rsquo;s long-term energy needs.</p><p>The<a href="http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/final_cep_for_suscom_sept_9_2011_for_website_0.pdf"> comprehensive&nbsp;plan</a> covers a wide variety of energy issues facing the city over the next 40 years.</p><p>Arguably the biggest energy issue long-term is whether the city needs to expand capacity at <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/holland-coal-plant">its coal plant, </a>or maybe modify it to burn natural gas.</p> Thu, 19 Jul 2012 01:00:00 +0000 Lindsey Smith 8340 at http://michiganradio.org City of Holland takes a long-term look at energy issues DTE shareholders meeting met by protests http://michiganradio.org/post/dte-shareholders-meeting-met-protests <p>DTE Energy shareholders <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/05/03/dte-energy-shareholders-meeting-protest_n_1474638.html">were met by protesters</a> at their annual meeting in Detroit Thursday.</p><p>Hundreds of people demonstrated outside the company&rsquo;s Detroit headquarters. &nbsp;And inside, several interrupted CEO Gerard Anderson as he tried to run the meeting.</p><p>Protesters shouted for DTE to &ldquo;Pay its fair share!&rdquo;</p><p>They were talking about the fact that DTE was named as one of the nation&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.uspirg.org/reports/usp/representation-without-taxation">&ldquo;Dirty 30&rdquo;</a> companies in a recent report&mdash;one that paid more in lobbying expenses than federal income taxes from 2008 to 2010.</p><p>Demonstrators also protested the utility&rsquo;s shutoff policies. The utility shut off service to 200,000 in its southeast Michigan service area in 2011.</p><p>That number has more than doubled over the past five years.</p><p>Demonstrators also criticized DTE&rsquo;s continued reliance on coal-fired power, rather than renewable energy.</p><p>Protester Thomas Reinke said renewable power sources are now both cleaner and less expensive than coal.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We&rsquo;re getting poorer and poorer every day, and we&rsquo;re being forced to pay high costs of utilities that could be offset by wind and solar, or other types of renewable energy,&rdquo; said Reinke, who says he owns a small, residential renewable energy business.</p><p>DTE officials announced Thursday that they&rsquo;re looking for more wind energy suppliers.</p><p>&ldquo;DTE Energy is seeking approximately 100 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy from Michigan-based wind projects that will be operating by the end of 2013.&nbsp; This solicitation is part of DTE Energy&#39;s plan to meet Michigan&#39;s renewable energy goals,&rdquo; the company said in a written statement.</p><p>By state law, they must provide 10% of their power from renewable sources by 2015.</p><p>As for the tax-dodging accusations, a DTE spokesman counters that the utility has paid more $1 billion in taxes since 2008, mostly to state and local governments.</p><p> Thu, 03 May 2012 21:18:35 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 7328 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University commits to green energy (but not enough for some) http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-commits-green-energy-not-enough-some <p>The Michigan State University Board of Trustees has approved <a href="http://president.msu.edu/energy-transition-plan/">a plan</a> that will increase the East Lansing campus&rsquo; reliance on renewable energy sources.</p><p>The plan approved this morning will require MSU to get 40 percent of its electricity from wind, solar and other alternative energy sources by 2030. Renewables account for about two percent of MSU&rsquo;s power right now.</p> Fri, 13 Apr 2012 16:14:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 7036 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University commits to green energy (but not enough for some) Michigan State University Trustees expected to vote on energy plan http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-state-university-trustees-expected-vote-energy-plan <p>Michigan State University is in the midst of a debate over how much the school&nbsp; can rely on alternative energy sources to power its East Lansing campus.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>The university&rsquo;s Board of Trustees meets Friday to vote on an energy plan for MSU.&nbsp;</p><p>Earlier this week, MSU students used a giant inflatable inhaler to dramatize their concerns about the university&rsquo;s large coal fired power plant located just south of campus.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Apr 2012 15:39:18 +0000 Steve Carmody 7019 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan State University Trustees expected to vote on energy plan