gasoline http://michiganradio.org en You pay about a penny per gallon of gas to clean up pollution, but is that money spent well? http://michiganradio.org/post/you-pay-about-penny-gallon-gas-clean-pollution-money-spent-well <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Every time you fill up, you pay seven-eighths of a cent per gallon of gas for a “regulatory fee” that was originally set up to help clean up the thousands of old underground storage tanks in Michigan.</span></p><p>Those pennies you pay at the pump add up to a $50 million pot of money each year.</p><p>It’s called the Refined Petroleum Fund. The fund worked initially. The money helped remove tens of thousands of old underground storage tanks in Michigan. When those old tanks leak, they can pollute the soil and ruin nearby water sources.</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 18:57:21 +0000 Mark Brush 17193 at http://michiganradio.org You pay about a penny per gallon of gas to clean up pollution, but is that money spent well? Poll: People worry more about the price of fueling their car than heating their home http://michiganradio.org/post/poll-people-worry-more-about-price-fueling-their-car-heating-their-home <p>People are more worried about being able to afford fuel for their cars than heating their homes. That’s the finding of a new poll by the University of Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The U of M Energy Institute asked people about their energy costs and found that most people are twice as sensitive to increasing gasoline costs than they are to rising home energy costs.</p><p></p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 21:26:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16937 at http://michiganradio.org Poll: People worry more about the price of fueling their car than heating their home Michigan motorists are paying less at the pump this Labor Day weekend than last year http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-motorists-are-paying-less-pump-labor-day-weekend-last-year <p>AAA predicts that 1.2 million Michiganders will travel this Labor Day weekend.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>More than 90 percent will be driving.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Gasoline prices took their usual pre-holiday weekend jump earlier this week in Michigan.&nbsp;&nbsp; The statewide average is about $3.75.</p><p></p><p>But Patrick DeHaan with GasBuddy.com says that’s not too bad.</p><p></p><p>“Keep in mind last year…prices were north of four dollars a gallon,” says DeHaan, “So prices this year are about 30 cents per gallon than where they were last year at this time.”</p><p></p> Fri, 30 Aug 2013 16:51:39 +0000 Steve Carmody 14211 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan motorists are paying less at the pump this Labor Day weekend than last year State senator wants to give incentive for any company that builds an oil refinery in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-senator-wants-give-incentive-any-company-builds-oil-refinery-michigan <p>A state lawmaker says he has a plan to drive down Michigan’s high gas prices.</p><p></p><p>Senator Rick Jones says it’s time to build a new oil refinery.&nbsp;&nbsp; But not everyone’s sold on the plan.</p><p></p><p>Jones introduced legislation that would give a ten-year property and equipment tax exemption to any company willing to build a new refinery in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“And that’s exactly what we need in Michigan to make sure we have adequate supplies,” says Jones.</p><p></p><p>Jones says more supply means lower prices at the pump.</p><p></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:40:29 +0000 Jake Neher 13589 at http://michiganradio.org State senator wants to give incentive for any company that builds an oil refinery in Michigan Fuel economy in new vehicles reaches record high http://michiganradio.org/post/fuel-economy-new-vehicles-reaches-record-high <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The average fuel economy for U.S. built vehicles reached a new high in May, at 24.8 miles per gallon. This is good news for drivers when gas station signs are showing prices near and above $4 a gallon.</p><p>The University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) says consumers are not only being more fuel-efficient savvy, but car companies are listening.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/#remove">Remove</a> Wed, 05 Jun 2013 19:51:30 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12904 at http://michiganradio.org Fuel economy in new vehicles reaches record high Michigan gasoline sales to drop slightly this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gasoline-sales-drop-slightly-summer <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Michigan utility regulators say gasoline consumption is expected to decline slightly this summer compared with previous years.<br><br>The Michigan Public Service Commission's recently released summer energy appraisal forecasts adequate energy supplies and prices this summer.<br><br>The group says gasoline sales in Michigan are expected to drop about 1 percent in 2013 after a decline of almost 2 percent last year due to increased fuel efficiency and consistently high gasoline prices.<br> Sun, 26 May 2013 19:10:46 +0000 The Associated Press 12749 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gasoline sales to drop slightly this summer Michigan's gasoline prices pushing $4 a gallon - again http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-gasoline-prices-pushing-4-gallon-again <p>Gasoline prices have risen sharply during the last few days.</p><p>"GasBuddy.com" pegs Michigan’s average price per gallon at $3.85. That's up ten cents from a week ago, and it's 20 cents higher than the national average. Many gas stations are already charging $3.99 a gallon, with a few charging more than four dollars.&nbsp;</p><p>Gregg Laskoski is a senior petroleum analyst with GasBuddy. He says prices are not rising because of the upcoming Memorial Day holiday.</p><p>Laskoski blames refinery problems in Indiana and Illinois for prices pushing four dollars a gallon.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 20:21:57 +0000 Steve Carmody 12631 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's gasoline prices pushing $4 a gallon - again Michigan experiencing a 'mindblowing' gasoline price spike http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-experiencing-mindblowing-gasoline-price-spike <p>Michigan motorists are paying a lot more for a gallon of gasoline than they did just a few weeks ago.</p><p></p><p>Just two weeks ago, the Web site GasBuddy.com pegged Michigan’s average price for a gallon of gas at $3.18. That average price has soared nearly sixty cents since then.</p><p></p><p>Patrick DeHaan is with GasBuddy. He describes the price spike as "unprecedented" for this time of year.</p><p></p><p>“What we have already seen is … mindblowing,” says DeHaan.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>DeHaan is not ruling out gas prices reaching four dollars a gallon in the near future.</p><p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 21:53:12 +0000 Steve Carmody 11044 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan experiencing a 'mindblowing' gasoline price spike Cleaning up a big, underground mess in Michigan (PHOTOS) http://michiganradio.org/post/cleaning-big-underground-mess-michigan-photos <p>There are around 4,800 gas stations in Michigan, but at one time, there were a lot more. It seemed like just about every corner had a gas station on it.</p><p>Many of those gas stations are closed now, but taxpayers are often on the hook for what’s been left behind.</p><p>I visited one of these polluted sites recently with representatives from the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ). The heavy traffic along State Route 89 near Battle Creek makes it a perfect place for a gas station.</p><p>And for a long time, things were going well for Logan’s Gas and Deli.</p> Thu, 20 Sep 2012 14:10:06 +0000 Mark Brush 9163 at http://michiganradio.org Cleaning up a big, underground mess in Michigan (PHOTOS) Wayne State part of study on energy extraction http://michiganradio.org/post/wayne-state-part-study-energy-extraction <p>DETROIT (AP) - A Detroit university is playing a role in early but promising efforts to find and extract new energy sources.<br><br>A research project at Wayne State University is among 14 across 11 states involved in work on methane hydrates. These are structures that look like ice but have natural gas locked inside.<br><br>The project builds on what the U.S. government calls a "successful, unprecedented" test on Alaska's North Slope that produced a steady flow of gas from methane hydrates.<br> Sun, 02 Sep 2012 20:24:30 +0000 The Associated Press 8916 at http://michiganradio.org Wayne State part of study on energy extraction Gas pipeline company proposes switch to crude oil transport http://michiganradio.org/post/gas-pipeline-company-proposes-switch-crude-oil-transport <p>A pipeline that supplies much of Michigan's natural gas could be shut down ... and converted to carry crude oil. That's sparked a number of concerns from business and government.<br><br> Natural gas is plentiful and cheap right now.<br><br> That's why a Texas company filed a request with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission -- or FERC --&nbsp; in July to shut down 770 miles of transmission lines across several states. It would either abandon them ... or eventually use the pipes to carry crude oil.<br><br> And that could affect how much a lot of people in Michigan will pay to heat their homes and businesses.<br><br> The pipeline owned by Trunkline Gas Company crosses into Branch County from Indiana. That's where Consumers Energy connects to it ... and distributes the natural gas to 45 counties in the Lower Peninsula.<br><br> Dan Bishop is a Consumers Energy spokesman. He says Consumers depends on Trunkline for 60 percent of the gas it supplies to 1.7 million customers in Michigan.</p><p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 02:47:37 +0000 Rina Miller 8879 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gasoline prices rising, Michigan Attorney General warns against price gouging http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-gasoline-prices-rising-michigan-attorney-general-warns-against-price-gouging <p>Michigan <a href="http://gaspricesexplained.org/">gasoline prices</a> have risen 25 cents in the past week.</p><p></p><p>The price increase is tied to late summer driving demand and Hurricane Isaac disrupting oil production in the Gulf of Mexico.</p><p></p><p>The average price for a gallon of gasoline in Michigan stands at $4.08, according to <a href="http://www.michigangasprices.com/">GasBuddy.com.</a></p><p></p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 19:30:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8868 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan gasoline prices rising, Michigan Attorney General warns against price gouging Michigan's high gas prices explained http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-high-gas-prices-explained <div class="meta">As Labor Day Weekend approaches, Michiganders are seeing higher gas prices. Mon, 27 Aug 2012 20:44:23 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8837 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's high gas prices explained In this morning's Michigan news headlines... http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-michigan-news-headlines-53 <p><strong>Boost for Detroit neighborhoods, schools</strong></p><p>Governor Snyder was in Detroit yesterday to kick off an intensive neighborhood stabilization effort. It will focus on 3 neighborhoods, anchored by 9 Detroit schools.&nbsp; Sarah Cwiek reports:</p><blockquote><p>The effort kicked off outside Clark Preparatory Academy in Detroit&rsquo;s Morningside neighborhood, on the city&rsquo;s east side. Morningside is one of three communities that will get state help to demolish the abandoned homes dotting the neighborhood, and clean up the area. Lansing also plans to send in some state police patrols, and will put social workers in the neighborhood schools.</p><p>Governor Snyder says Detroit must strengthen its neighborhoods if the city is to truly come back.</p><p>&ldquo;That&rsquo;s the goal. We&rsquo;re doing this because we believe it will work, and we want to get good experience and do continuous improvement, and then continue to ramp up the program.&rdquo;</p><p>The state is putting $10 million into the effort so far, and Snyder says more could become available. City officials say the state helps supplement existing blight eradication programs.</p></blockquote><div align="left"><div align="left">&nbsp;</div><div align="left"><strong>Republican Senate candidates hold primary season debate</strong></div><div align="left"><p></p><p>Three Republicans running for their party&rsquo;s U.S. Senate nomination appeared together yesterday in their only televised debate of this primary season. Former Congressman Pete Hoekstra, charter school executive Clark Durant, and former judge Randy Hekman are running. Rick Pluta reports:</p><p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 11:45:39 +0000 Rebecca Williams 8530 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's Michigan news headlines... Enbridge pipeline break in Wisconsin partly blamed for spike in Michigan gasoline prices http://michiganradio.org/post/enbridge-pipeline-break-wisconsin-partly-blamed-spike-michigan-gasoline-prices <p>Gasoline prices in parts of Michigan are soaring <a href="http://www.michigangasprices.com/">over $4 a gallon</a>.</p><p>The recent leak that shutdown an oil pipeline in Wisconsin is getting much of the blame. <a href="http://enbridge.com/MediaCentre/News.aspx?yearTab=en2012&amp;id=1646238">The Enbridge Energy pipeline</a> has been shut down since it sprung a leak last week. Thu, 02 Aug 2012 15:35:15 +0000 Steve Carmody 8519 at http://michiganradio.org Enbridge pipeline break in Wisconsin partly blamed for spike in Michigan gasoline prices No big spike in gasoline prices expected this week http://michiganradio.org/post/no-big-spike-gasoline-prices-expected-week <p>AAA predicts 1.4 million Michiganders will travel during the Fourth of July holiday.</p><p>Most of them will be driving. GasBuddy.com says drivers should not expect to see a big spike in gasoline prices.</p><p> Mon, 02 Jul 2012 16:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 8106 at http://michiganradio.org No big spike in gasoline prices expected this week Report: Michiganders will use less gasoline and electricity this summer http://michiganradio.org/post/report-michiganders-will-use-less-gasoline-and-electricity-summer <p>Michiganders will use less gasoline and electricity this summer, that&#39;s according to the Michigan Public Service Commission.</p><p>The state utility regulatory agency issued its annual <a href="http://www.dleg.state.mi.us/mpsc/reports/energy/12summer/index.htm">Summer Energy Appraisal</a> today.</p><p>Judy Palnau is the agency&rsquo;s spokeswoman. She says there are a couple reasons why the public service commission expects gasoline sales will decline about 2 percent this summer in Michigan.</p><p>&ldquo;Part of that is a economy. But part of that is we are also driving more energy efficient vehicles,&rdquo; says Palnau.&nbsp;</p><p>Palnau says the economy is also a reason why they expect electricity use will dip slightly this summer.</p><p>&ldquo;Our sluggish economy is still a factor in decreasing use of electricity,&rdquo; says Palnau, though the MPSC expects residential electric use will increase.&nbsp;</p><p>The MPSC study also predicts natural gas sales will decline nearly 5 percent this summer. A mild winter drove down demand among both business and residential natural gas customers. Tue, 22 May 2012 17:23:10 +0000 Steve Carmody 7566 at http://michiganradio.org Report: Michiganders will use less gasoline and electricity this summer Drilling rights auction brings in more than $4 million http://michiganradio.org/post/drilling-rights-auction-brings-more-4-million <p>The Michigan Department of Natural Resources auctioned off state-owned oil and natural gas drilling rights on more than 90,000 acres yesterday.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s a recap of the auction results:</p><ul><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Total acres up for auction: 108,164.70</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Total acres leased: 91,225.42</span></li><li><span style="font-family: &quot;Helvetica&quot;,&quot;sans-serif&quot;; font-size: 10pt; mso-bidi-font-size: 12.0pt; mso-fareast-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-bidi-font-family: &quot;Times New Roman&quot;; mso-ansi-language: EN-US; mso-fareast-language: EN-US; mso-bidi-language: AR-SA;">Total money raised: $4,118,848.60</span></li><li>Average bid per acre: $39.90</li></ul><p>These auctions are typically held twice per year, in May and October.</p><p>The money raised from these biannual auctions has been steadily increasing since 2000, hitting peaks in 2008 and 2010.</p><p>In the first auction of 2008, the state leased all of the 149,000 available acres for more than $13 million. The last time the state had a 100 percent lease rate was in 1981.</p><p>The first auction in 2010 had a 99.6 percent lease rate and raised an unprecedented amount: more than $178 million.</p><p>The average bid per acre for that auction was $1,507, which far exceeds the average bids at any other auctions over the last 10 years, all of which have been under $100.</p><p><em>-Suzanne Jacobs,&nbsp;Michigan Radio&nbsp;Newsroom</em></p><p> Wed, 09 May 2012 20:36:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 7400 at http://michiganradio.org Drilling rights auction brings in more than $4 million Gasoline prices falling in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/gasoline-prices-falling-michigan <p>Michigan gasoline prices are falling.&nbsp;&nbsp; Prices are down about ten&nbsp;cents a gallon in the past week and are actually 16 cents lower than a year ago.</p><p>Patrick DeHaan&nbsp;is an analyst with GasBuddy.com.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He&nbsp;predicts&nbsp;prices will stay below four dollars a gallon through Memorial Day.</p> Mon, 23 Apr 2012 18:07:55 +0000 Steve Carmody 7156 at http://michiganradio.org Gasoline prices falling in Michigan MI Sen. Levin supports President Obama's plan to target oil speculators http://michiganradio.org/post/mi-sen-levin-supports-president-obamas-plan-target-oil-speculators <p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/barack-obama">President Obama</a> is setting his sights on oil-market speculators. The President <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=150789328">laid out a plan this week</a> that would make it easier for the government to regulate oil trading markets.</p><p>There&rsquo;s concern in the Obama administration that speculators are artificially driving up the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/gas-prices">price of oil</a>. The President&rsquo;s plan would increase spending to provide better oversight of energy markets. It would also increase penalties against those who engage in illegal trading.</p><p>Michigan Democratic Senator <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/carl-levin">Carl Levin</a> is in favor of the President&#39;s plan. He thinks more regulation of the markets is needed.<em> </em>&quot;This is not a situation where the market is governing &ndash; where the usual rules of supply and demand govern. As a matter of fact, if supply and demand were the driving force here, gas prices would be going down. Not up,&quot; Levin says.</p><p>The President concedes that his plan will not immediately lower gas prices. But he says it will prevent market manipulation which, in turn, will help consumers. Wed, 18 Apr 2012 18:32:08 +0000 Zoe Clark 7092 at http://michiganradio.org MI Sen. Levin supports President Obama's plan to target oil speculators