clean energy

COMMENTARY

Column: Community solar investments are a way out of outages during an era of climate change

BY: - September 15, 2021

In the DTE service area, four major power outages in July and August cumulatively affected over 900,000 customers, some of whom lost power — and with it, groceries, access to medical devices and more — multiple times over.  The failure of DTE Energy to provide reliable power, while customers pay some of the highest utility […]

Great Lakes funding and 3 other big climate items in Congress’ reconciliation bill

BY: - September 13, 2021

The U.S. House Natural Resources Committee late Thursday approved its first piece of Democrats’ sweeping $3.5 trillion spending blueprint on a party-line 24-13 vote. Among the highest priorities for President Joe Biden in the plan was addressing climate change, and the panel included initiatives ranging from oil and gas reform to offshore wind ventures. The […]

Secretary Granholm joins lawmakers in Michigan to tout Biden’s electric vehicle push 

BY: - August 5, 2021

Updated, 7:40 p.m. 8/5/21 Former Michigan governor-turned-U.S. Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm made her return to Michigan Thursday with a sweeping four-stop visit to highlight President Joe Biden’s new national target for electric vehicle sales. Granholm was first joined by U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) for a walking tour of an electronic manufacturing facility in Holly. […]

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Column: Faith leaders in Michigan are ready for climate action

BY: - July 29, 2021

Even as we turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic, a feat that President Joe Biden himself came to Michigan over the Fourth of July weekend to celebrate, many in our state still find our faith challenged by the ongoing climate crisis. Severe flooding trapped drivers in Detroit and prompted emergency rescues last month, while other parts […]

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Column: Michiganders deserve rooftop solar options

BY: and - June 28, 2021

Ever thought about installing rooftop solar on your home? Thanks to outdated laws and big utility influence, you might not be able to much longer. Since Michigan’s first rooftop solar program was introduced in 2008, our state’s major utility companies have repeatedly blocked Michiganders from producing their own clean energy through their influence in Lansing. […]

Tlaib, advocates say $10T green energy plan would help cities like Highland Park

BY: - May 26, 2021

Juan Shannon believes that the federal government can help communities of color grow just like his green peppers are doing each day in Highland Park.  His Parker Village project is a community-based, solar-powered center where vegetables are grown. At one time, the site was an abandoned elementary school and a source of blight in the […]

Biden praises Tlaib, previews Ford F-150 Lightning and touts jobs plan in Dearborn

BY: - May 18, 2021

President Joe Biden praised U.S. Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) for her passion relating to Palestine during a stop in Dearborn on Tuesday. “I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion and I admire your concern for so many other people,” Biden told Tlaib. “And from my heart, I […]

Whitmer: State-owned facilities to use 100% renewable energy by 2025

BY: - April 22, 2021

Through partnerships with three of Michigan’s major energy utilities, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Thursday that all state-owned facilities will be transitioning to 100% renewable energy by 2025. The transition will be achieved through energy purchases made by DTE, Consumers Energy and the Lansing Board of Water and Light (BWL) to expand each utility’s renewable portfolio […]

Biden banks on offshore wind to help curb climate change

BY: - April 19, 2021

WASHINGTON — Two wind turbines, each as tall as the Washington Monument, stand sentinel 27 miles off the coast of Virginia, the nation’s first offshore wind installation in federal waters. The pilot project began producing power last October but is just the beginning for an industry poised for massive growth over the next decade. Longtime […]

Biden’s budget aims to fight climate change, promote conservation, aid Native Americans

BY: - April 12, 2021

President Joe Biden’s first budget request laid out on Friday reflects the administration’s commitments to advancing conservation and combating climate change, proposing new money across federal agencies to address those issues. Like most domestic programs in Biden’s overall $1.5 trillion budget proposal for fiscal 2022, the recommendations for increased spending on conservation and climate goals […]

Dingell sponsors $10T, 10-year green energy plan  

BY: - March 30, 2021

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (D-Dearborn) and U.S. Sen. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) have introduced a Herculean $10 trillion federal infrastructure plan they say is aimed at improving the lives of underserved populations with emphasis on Black, Brown and Indigenous communities. Called Transform, Heal, and Renew by Investing in a Vibrant Economy (THRIVE), the plan would be […]

Biden makes Granholm pick for Energy official

BY: and - December 18, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden will nominate former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm to head the Energy Department, his presidential transition team said Thursday night. The Democrat also tapped and North Carolina’s top environmental regulator, Michael Regan, to lead the Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Rep. Debra A. Haaland to lead the Interior Department. The selections were announced as […]