stimulus http://michiganradio.org en Despite some bad news, Holland leaders optimistic about battery manufacturing http://michiganradio.org/post/despite-some-bad-news-holland-leaders-optimistic-about-battery-manufacturing <p>Community leaders in Holland, Michigan are trying to stay upbeat about the future of the battery industry <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/holland-hopes-become-leader-advanced-battery-manufacturing">they’ve worked so hard to attract</a>.</p><p>But the past week has been rough for advanced battery maker LG Chem. A <a href="http://energy.gov/sites/prod/files/OAS-RA-13-10.pdf">U.S. Department of Energy audit </a>reported the company likely wasted more than a million dollars in grant money.</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 15:35:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 11292 at http://michiganradio.org Despite some bad news, Holland leaders optimistic about battery manufacturing Last call for low-cost energy audits from federal stimulus money http://michiganradio.org/post/last-call-low-cost-energy-audits-federal-stimulus-money <p>A <a href="http://www.environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=498">federal program </a>that tries to get homeowners to invest in energy efficient home improvement projects is nearly over.</p><p>The <a href="http://www.betterbuildingsformichigan.org/Home.aspx">program provides </a>a detailed home energy audit for a super low price. Homeowners who want to make improvements based on the audit can take out a low interest loan.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:48:11 +0000 Lindsey Smith 9213 at http://michiganradio.org Last call for low-cost energy audits from federal stimulus money Grand Rapids Mayor asking Congress to pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act http://michiganradio.org/post/grand-rapids-mayor-asking-congress-pass-president-obama%E2%80%99s-american-jobs-act <p>Grand Rapids Mayor George Heartwell says the $450 billion jobs bill is &ldquo;crucial&rdquo; for Michigan. His comments are part of a campaign to get Congress to act on the American Jobs Act.</p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;We know we have to be strong and stand on our own but we also know that we&rsquo;re not able to keep up with infrastructure needs in our community,&rdquo; Heartwell said during a White House press conference Friday.</p> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 19:18:43 +0000 Lindsey Smith 4387 at http://michiganradio.org Grand Rapids Mayor asking Congress to pass President Obama’s American Jobs Act Energy efficiency makeovers for Michigan neighborhoods http://michiganradio.org/post/energy-efficiency-makeovers-michigan-neighborhoods <p>Many homeowners just can’t afford the upfront investment to make their homes more energy efficient. And many programs meant to defray some of that cost haven’t gotten much traction with consumers.</p><p>But <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=498">Sarah Cwiek reports</a> the federal government’s “BetterBuildings” program is trying to change that. It’s just now getting off the ground in Michigan with money from the 2009 stimulus package.</p><p>Sarah visited Chris Matus at his Ferndale home on the day he was getting an energy audit from Well Home's Kent Trobaugh.</p><p>The guys set up something called a blower door test to find out where the leaks were in Matus' home.&nbsp; Then they roamed the house with an infrared camera.&nbsp; The screen shows a landscape of blurred colors: gold is heat, purple is cold. Matus says the whole exercise reminds him of a certain movie from the 1980s.</p><blockquote><p>“It feels like we’re Ghostbusting.”</p></blockquote><p>Matus is getting about a thousand dollars worth of work done on his house today. But it only costs him 50. That’s because he’s taking advantage of the U.S. Department of Energy’s stimulus-funded BetterBuildings program. Michigan got 30-million dollars—the second-biggest chunk of any state. Tue, 18 Jan 2011 18:54:14 +0000 Rebecca Williams 920 at http://michiganradio.org Energy efficiency makeovers for Michigan neighborhoods 1 in 4 Michigan bridges 'Deficient' or 'Obsolete' http://michiganradio.org/post/1-4-michigan-bridges-deficient-or-obsolete <p>A new report paints a dim picture of the bridges that many Michigan motorists use every day.</p><p>The Michigan Department of Transportation says one in four of Michigan&rsquo;s 44 hundred bridges are either &quot;structurally deficient&quot; or &quot;functionally obsolete&quot;</p><p>Department spokesman Bill Schreck says despite millions of federal stimulus dollars spent in the past year on road improvements in Michigan problem bridges are still in need of repair.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 21:30:08 +0000 151 at http://michiganradio.org 1 in 4 Michigan bridges 'Deficient' or 'Obsolete'