clean energy http://michiganradio.org en Michigan inventors compete in college clean tech venture challenge http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-inventors-compete-college-clean-tech-venture-challenge <p>I recently got a chance to hang out with Tom Brady. &nbsp;</p><p>Nope, not the football star.&nbsp;</p><p>But this Tom Brady <em>is </em>working on making a name for himself. Brady just wrapped up his Masters degree. He’s an aerospace engineer, and now he's also the chief financial officer of SkySpecs LLC.</p><p>He holds up something that looks half-insect/half-helicopter. It’s an autonomous flying robot. In other words... it has a mind of its own. Brady says it finds its way around with cameras and computer vision.</p><p>“Basically, what these things are: they carry sensors to places that an inspector would otherwise have to,” he says.</p><p>Say, down into a sewer or up to the top of a wind turbine. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 14:58:32 +0000 Rebecca Williams 11336 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan inventors compete in college clean tech venture challenge Ann Arbor plan could reduce greenhouse gases by 90 percent http://michiganradio.org/post/ann-arbor-plan-could-reduce-greenhouse-gases-90-percent <p>Ann Arbor has just announced a plan to reduce greenhouse gases by 90 percent by 2050 - and they'll need residents' help to do it.</p><p>Nathan Geisler helped author <a href="http://www.a2gov.org/government/publicservices/systems_planning/energy/Pages/ClimateProtection.aspx">the plan</a> and says the almost 200-page plan suggests dozens of strategies for the community to reduce its carbon footprint.&nbsp; “The climate plan is an energy plan and a transportation plan and has land use elements and a variety of things to look at how as a community we can reduce energy consumption and therefore greenhouse gas emissions.” Tue, 18 Dec 2012 21:21:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10429 at http://michiganradio.org Ann Arbor plan could reduce greenhouse gases by 90 percent Hoekstra says millions in green energy subsidies were wasted http://michiganradio.org/post/hoekstra-says-millions-green-energy-subsidies-were-wasted <p>Republican US Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra says there are alternatives to using government subsidies to encourage new energy industries and the jobs that go with them.</p><p>He said the proof is the business troubles facing two advanced battery companies with a presence in Michigan.</p><p>A123 filed for bankruptcy last week and LG Chem has furloughed its employees.</p><p>Hoekstra said that means millions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies were “wasted.” He said the subsidies also reward companies for working at applying for grants rather than their core business.</p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 21:33:40 +0000 Rick Pluta 9649 at http://michiganradio.org Hoekstra says millions in green energy subsidies were wasted Stabenow supports green energy subsidies despite A123 bankruptcy http://michiganradio.org/post/stabenow-supports-green-energy-subsidies-despite-a123-bankruptcy <p>U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is defending federal subsidies to promote green energy and advanced manufacturing businesses.</p><p>The loans, grants, and tax credits were part of the federal economic recovery package.</p><p>A company that got a quarter-billion dollar grant declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy this week. A123 employed hundreds of people in Michigan at facilities in Livonia, Romulus, and Ann Arbor.</p><p>Stabenow said the subsidies remain an important part of national energy and economic policy—even if some of the investments don’t pan out.</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:40:30 +0000 Rick Pluta 9544 at http://michiganradio.org Stabenow supports green energy subsidies despite A123 bankruptcy Reactor shut down after cooling system issue http://michiganradio.org/post/reactor-shut-down-after-cooling-system-issue <p>The Palisades Nuclear Plant in southwestern Michigan has been shut down due to a loss of water in a cooling system. WWMT-TV reports the facility in Covert Township was shut down just before 3 p.m. Friday.</p><p>The lowest of four emergency classification levels was declared. The classification means plant workers were notified and were resolving the problem. Officials say the shutdown poses no risk to the public and that no radioactive materials were released.</p><p>A U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission inspection was held at the Van Buren County plant last month after a water pump component failed. The plant is owned by New Orleans-based Entergy Corporation. Sat, 17 Sep 2011 17:30:19 +0000 The Associated Press 4194 at http://michiganradio.org Holland takes cautious steps on plan to build a wind farm http://michiganradio.org/post/holland-takes-cautious-steps-plan-build-wind-farm <p>The City of Holland is buying the option to lease more land it wants to use for a wind farm. <a href="http://www.cityofholland.com/sites/default/files/fileattachments/110518rev.pdf">City Council approved the lease agreements </a>Wednesday night to spend $40,000 for roughly 860 acres of land south of Holland. The area has been identified as one of the best in the state for wind energy potential.</p><p>The city has been collecting more detailed wind data since last fall. If <em>everything</em> goes smoothly, Holland Mayor Kurt Dykstra says wind turbines could begin to go up as soon as next year. Thu, 19 May 2011 04:17:55 +0000 Lindsey Smith 2559 at http://michiganradio.org Holland takes cautious steps on plan to build a wind farm Business owners, DOE officials meet for clean energy manufacturing workshop http://michiganradio.org/post/business-owners-doe-officials-meet-clean-energy-manufacturing-workshop <p>Business owners and politicians are trying to figure out how to make Michigan a manufacturing hub for things like advanced batteries, wind turbines, and solar panels.</p><p>They&rsquo;re gathering at the <a href="http://snre.umich.edu/events/2011-04-21/revitalizing_innovation_in_michigan_for_clean_energy_manufacturing">Clean Energy Manufacturing Workshop</a> in Ann Arbor today and tomorrow. The workshop is being put on by the U.S. Department of Energy&rsquo;s Office of Energy Efficiency &amp; Renewable Energy along with Ann Arbor SPARK.</p><p>Steven Busch will be paying pretty close attention.</p><p>He&rsquo;s with Energetx Composites Company in Holland. It&rsquo;s a spin-off company of Tiara Yacht. Before the economy went south, their main business was building high end yachts. Now, they make blades for wind turbines.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;The basic manufacturing process is very similar. We have the expertise on how to handle large, big, bulky things.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>He says they&rsquo;re planning to stay in Michigan.</p><blockquote><p>&ldquo;Michigan offers the best engineering and manufacturing skill set probably in the world. Geographically, the Great Lakes are a great opportunity as a place to be able to ship products over the water.&rdquo;</p></blockquote><p>Busch says he&rsquo;d like to see more training programs at universities and community colleges &ndash; and more retraining programs for former auto workers who want to get into the business.</p><p> Thu, 21 Apr 2011 15:12:02 +0000 Rebecca Williams 2167 at http://michiganradio.org Wind energy takes off in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/wind-energy-takes-michigan <p>Rick Wilson, the project manager for Heritage Sustainable Energy, is our guest this week as our &ldquo;What&rsquo;s Working&rdquo; series continues. Based in Traverse City, Heritage Sustainable Energy is a wind power company that has been managing the installation of wind turbines in both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas of Michigan. Heritage is in the process of installing and expanding wind farms in the state, and is already producing roughly 40 megawatts of power. Mon, 21 Mar 2011 16:05:40 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom & What's Working 1726 at http://michiganradio.org Wind energy takes off in Michigan Michigan's environment & a new administration http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-environment-new-administration <p>There wasn&rsquo;t a lot of talk about environment during the race for governor, but Governor-elect Rick Snyder made it clear during the campaign that he thinks the state&rsquo;s regulatory system is broken and said he wants fewer regulations on businesses. That has some people wondering whether that means there will also be fewer of the regulations that prevent pollution in the state.&nbsp; I talked with <a href="http://environmentreport.org/show.php?showID=479">James Clift</a>, policy director for the Michigan Environmental Council, to get his take on this.</p> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 15:19:15 +0000 Rebecca Williams 267 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's environment & a new administration