DTE Energy http://michiganradio.org en DTE investigating cause of small fire at Fermi nuclear plant this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/dte-investigating-cause-small-fire-fermi-nuclear-plant-afternoon <p>Officials at the Fermi 2 nuclear plant near Monroe are investigating the cause of a small fire that happened around 2 p.m. this afternoon. &nbsp;</p><p>Fermi is already shut down to refuel. That’s normal.</p><p>Plant workers were testing four huge back-up diesel generators used only in emergencies. Those tests are normal, too. DTE spokesman Guy Cerullo says they've been testing them for a few days.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:48:14 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16924 at http://michiganradio.org DTE investigating cause of small fire at Fermi nuclear plant this afternoon More options, protections against heat shutoffs this winter – but no guarantees http://michiganradio.org/post/more-options-protections-against-heat-shutoffs-winter-no-guarantees <p>Michigan customers who struggle to pay heating bills have some additional legal protections from heat shutoffs this winter.</p><p>But with the ongoing brutal cold, this will prove a painful winter for people already struggling to pay utility bills. And some households still face the very real prospect of going without heat.</p><p>In 2013, the state implemented <a href="http://www.weltman.com/publications/articles/?i=774&amp;NH">a variety of new rules</a> outlining how and when utilities can shut off service to residential customers.</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 19:00:02 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16192 at http://michiganradio.org More options, protections against heat shutoffs this winter – but no guarantees DTE gives $1 million to Michigan Science Center in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/dte-gives-1-million-michigan-science-center-detroit <p>The DTE&nbsp;Energy Foundation plans to donate $1 million to the&nbsp;<a href="http://www.mi-sci.org/">Michigan Science Center</a>&nbsp;in Detroit.</p><p>According&nbsp;to their <a href="http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/dte-energy-foundation-donates-1-million-to-support-the-michigan-science-center-242209171.html">press release</a>, the donation will span a period of five years, specifically funding the science center's STEM educational program (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).</p> Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:53:34 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16191 at http://michiganradio.org DTE gives $1 million to Michigan Science Center in Detroit State regulators will investigate how Consumers Energy, DTE responded to major December power outage http://michiganradio.org/post/state-regulators-will-investigate-how-consumers-energy-dte-responded-major-december-power <p>State regulators are going to spend the next few months assessing how well Consumers Energy and DTE responded to a massive power outage after an ice storm last month.</p><p></p><p>It’s estimated 626,000 DTE and Consumers Energy customers lost power after the Dec.&nbsp;22 ice storm.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>It was New Year’s Eve by the time the utilities restored power to most of its customers.</p><p></p> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 20:08:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 15941 at http://michiganradio.org State regulators will investigate how Consumers Energy, DTE responded to major December power outage Michigan utilities closely monitoring today's big snow storm http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-utilities-closely-monitoring-todays-big-snow-storm <p>Heavy snow is blanketing parts of Michigan that just recovered from an ice storm two weeks ago.</p><p></p><p>Hundreds of thousands of utility customers spent days, in some cases nearly two weeks, without electricity.</p><p></p><p>“At this point we’re monitoring, and ready to respond, depending on what weather may come,” says Dan Bishop, a Consumers Energy spokesman.</p><p></p><p>Statewide, utility officials are closely watching to see if weather conditions may threaten to undo the repair work done over the past few weeks.</p><p></p> Sun, 05 Jan 2014 18:32:11 +0000 Steve Carmody 15883 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan utilities closely monitoring today's big snow storm Blue Christmas for tens of thousands of Michiganders without electricity http://michiganradio.org/post/blue-christmas-tens-thousands-michiganders-without-electricity <p>About 150 thousand Michigan utility customers have spent another cold day waiting for their electricity to be restored. &nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Sunday’s ice storm left almost a half million Michigan homes and businesses without electricity.&nbsp;</p><p>As of midday, approximately 125,000 Consumer’s Energy customers were still without electricity.&nbsp; About 20,000 DTE Energy customers and 7,000 Lansing Board of Water &amp; Light customers were still in the dark as well.</p> Wed, 25 Dec 2013 18:42:21 +0000 Steve Carmody 15830 at http://michiganradio.org Blue Christmas for tens of thousands of Michiganders without electricity Thousands still without electricity in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/thousands-still-without-electricity-michigan <p>About 250,000 Michigan homes and businesses remain without power after a weekend ice storm that blacked out at least 482,000 homes and businesses and may have caused a Delta jetliner with 180 people on board to slide off a taxiway at Detroit Metropolitan Airport.<br /><br />The wintry blast hit Saturday night. The utilities say it will be days before most power is restored because of the difficulty of working around ice-broken lines.<br /><br />DTE Energy says 56,000 of its affected 150,000 customers were off line.<br /> Tue, 24 Dec 2013 11:54:05 +0000 The Associated Press 15816 at http://michiganradio.org Thousands still without electricity in Michigan 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 Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are without power because of today’s ice storm. http://michiganradio.org/post/hundreds-thousands-michiganders-are-without-power-because-today-s-ice-storm <p>UPDATE 8:06pm</p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 21:07:39 +0000 Steve Carmody & The Associated Press 15806 at http://michiganradio.org Hundreds of thousands of Michiganders are without power because of today’s ice storm. Update: Ice storms knock out power to 294,000 in Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/update-ice-storms-knock-out-power-294000-michigan <p>JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - Winter has arrived in Michigan with an icy blast, sending freezing rain across a wide section of the Lower Peninsula and knocking out electrical service to 294,000 homes and businesses.</p><p></p> Sun, 22 Dec 2013 19:38:01 +0000 Associated Press 15805 at http://michiganradio.org Update: Ice storms knock out power to 294,000 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 Many Michiganders are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on http://michiganradio.org/post/many-michiganders-are-still-waiting-their-electricity-be-turned-back <p>Consumers Energy and DTE linemen return to work today hoping to restore electricity to hundreds of thousands of Michigan utility customers left in the dark by Sunday’s windstorm.</p><p>At last report, DTE says it still has about 150,000 customers waiting to have their electricity turned back on.&nbsp; &nbsp;Consumers Energy has more than 170,000 of its customers waiting for their power to be restored.</p><p>Last night was not a good time to be without electricity. Temperatures around the state dipped below the freezing mark.</p> Tue, 19 Nov 2013 10:14:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 15337 at http://michiganradio.org Many Michiganders are still waiting for their electricity to be turned back on Green energy fees disappearing from some Michigan utility bills http://michiganradio.org/post/green-energy-fees-disappearing-some-michigan-utility-bills <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Four years after raising customers' bills to meet mandates to sell cleaner power, Michigan's biggest utilities are eliminating the fees or slashing them significantly.<br><br>Residential customers of DTE Electric may see their $3 monthly surcharge fall to 43 cents under a proposal to state regulators. Consumers Energy's 52-cent monthly fee for residential customers - which once was $2.50 - could go away entirely.<br><br>Advocates say the shrinking surcharges for residents and businesses are another reason to make utilities sell more green electricity.<br> Sat, 17 Aug 2013 18:49:00 +0000 The Associated Press 14037 at http://michiganradio.org Green energy fees disappearing from some Michigan utility bills In this morning's news: Wolf hunting licenses, helpful utility fee, crackdown on human trafficking http://michiganradio.org/post/mornings-news-wolf-hunting-licenses-helpful-utility-fee-crackdown-human-trafficking <p><strong>Wolf hunting licenses may be delayed</strong></p><p>Michigan <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/strong-demand-wolf-hunting-licenses-michigan-could-delay-sale-date">wolf hunting licenses are expected to go on sale</a> Saturday. But Ed Golder, Michigan's Department of Natural Resources public information officer, says that date may not work out because of high demand. When the wolf hunting licenses do go on sale, the state will sell up to twelve-hundred of them. The hunt is limited to six counties in the Upper Peninsula. Only 43 wolves will be allowed to be killed.</p><p><strong>Energy assistance will help low-income families</strong></p><p>State regulators have approved a 99-cent monthly fee to help low-income Michigan residents pay their energy bills and avoid losing electricity, natural gas, or propane. The charge applies to all customers, starting in September, unless a utility opts out of the program. The Michigan Public Service Commission says only a few so far have declined to participate.</p><p>According to the Associated Press, if a utility opts out of the program, it can't cut off power between November and April 15th. Michigan's largest utilities, DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, plan to participate.</p><p><strong>MI State Police cracking down on human trafficking</strong></p><p>Michigan State Police say 10 teenage girls forced into prostitution have been rescued as part of a <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/30/us/fbi-charges-159-men-with-forcing-teenage-girls-into-prostitution.html?_r=0">national crackdown</a>. Detroit Sergeant Ed Price says the girls were removed from motels and other locations last week in Wayne, Genesee, Oakland and Macomb counties. According to the Associated Press, eighteen suspected pimps were arrested, although only one in Flint has been charged so far. The investigation is ongoing.</p><p> Tue, 30 Jul 2013 11:17:39 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13749 at http://michiganradio.org In this morning's news: Wolf hunting licenses, helpful utility fee, crackdown on human trafficking DTE is looking to revitalize a small part of downtown Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/dte-looking-revitalize-small-part-downtown-detroit <p>DTE Energy is looking at improving its own Detroit backyard.</p><p></p><p>The utility recently bought the old art deco building, that at one time belonged to the Salvation Army, near its downtown headquarters. DTE also purchased a nearby vacant lot.</p><p></p><p>Randi Berris is a DTE spokeswoman. She says the utility wants to renovate the building and turn the lot into a park. Berris says the intent is to complement other recent efforts to revitalize downtown Detroit.</p><p></p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:18:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 13393 at http://michiganradio.org 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 New regulations to crack down on scrap metal theft face uphill battle in the Michigan legislature http://michiganradio.org/post/new-regulations-crack-down-scrap-metal-theft-face-uphill-battle-michigan-legislature <p>State lawmakers will hold another hearing tomorrow on legislation intended to crack down on scrap metal theft in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>The legislation would require scrap yards to keep better records and ban cash transactions for commonly stolen items, like catalytic converters and copper wire.</p><p></p><p>Police, prosecutors and larger industries often victimized by scrap metal thieves support the legislation.</p><p></p><p>But not scrap metal dealers and recyclers, who complain the new regulations would be a burden.</p><p></p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 16:30:52 +0000 Steve Carmody 13072 at http://michiganradio.org New regulations to crack down on scrap metal theft face uphill battle in the Michigan legislature Want to opt out of DTE's smart meter program? You need to pay a fee http://michiganradio.org/post/want-opt-out-dtes-smart-meter-program-you-need-pay-fee <p>Those who want to opt out of DTE Energy’s smart meter program now face a fee.</p><p><a href="http://www.mlive.com/business/index.ssf/2013/05/dte_energy_allowed_to_charge_c.html#incart_flyout_business">According to MLive</a>, the Michigan Public Service Commission “ruled that DTE can charge customers an initial fee of $67.20 and a monthly fee of $9.80 to opt out of the smart meters.”</p><p>Melissa Anders reports that:</p> Thu, 16 May 2013 16:35:58 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 12602 at http://michiganradio.org Want to opt out of DTE's smart meter program? You need to pay a fee US EPA to propose rules on wastewater from power plants http://michiganradio.org/post/us-epa-propose-rules-wastewater-power-plants <p align="LEFT">Burning coal in a power plant creates byproducts called fly ash and bottom ash.&nbsp; That ash contains a lot of bad stuff - mercury, lead, arsenic, to name a few.</p><p align="LEFT">While some&nbsp;plants ship the dry ash to landfills that accept hazardous materials, others&nbsp;mix the ash with water to make a slurry, which is moved into&nbsp;holding ponds.</p><p align="LEFT">Eventually, the water in those ponds is released into the nearest waterway.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 16:48:39 +0000 Tracy Samilton 12287 at http://michiganradio.org US EPA to propose rules on wastewater from power plants