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 Thanks to outdated laws and big utility influence, you might not be able to much longer.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. […]

Report: Waste from coal-fired plants threatens Michigan water safety

BY: - May 18, 2021

Michigan’s coal-fired power plants are annually generating more than 1 million tons of waste that’s laden with lead, mercury and arsenic and poses significant dangers to the health of residents and the state’s groundwater and surface water, the Michigan Environmental Council said in a new report released Tuesday morning.  “The storage of coal ash in […]

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 […]

$23M partnership gives 51K Detroit students laptops

BY: - April 23, 2020

What started as a proposal drafted by the Rev. Wendell Anthony about 30 days ago, has resulted in a major announcement on Thursday to provide 51,000 Detroit students with a tablet-style laptop computer to assist with online learning amid the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. “The disease may have taken our bodies, but it can never […]

State OKs revised DTE 15-year plan beefing up energy efficiency

BY: - April 17, 2020

Updated, 6:53 p.m., 4/17/20, with comment from DTE Two months after a state regulatory body rejected its first try, Detroit-based DTE Electric Co. saw its revised 15-year energy resource plan approved Wednesday afternoon. The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) had rejected DTE’s original plan in February, after many months of sustained criticism from environmental groups, […]

DTE, Consumers Energy suspend senior, low-income shutoffs

BY: - March 16, 2020

Both of Michigan’s largest public utilities have halted non-pay energy shutoffs for low-income and senior customers for the next three weeks, citing concerns over the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan and the desire to relieve some stress for Michigan’s most vulnerable residents. Consumers Energy and DTE Energy both made the announcements Saturday evening. The end […]

Consumers Energy to eliminate carbon footprint by 2040

BY: - February 26, 2020

Consumers Energy, the state’s largest energy provider, has a new, ambitious goal to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2040. The public utility in 2019 rolled out its “Clean Energy Plan,” which details how it expects to meet the state’s natural gas and electricity needs through the next two decades. Consumers Energy announced Monday that […]

Enviros applaud state for rejecting DTE Energy’s 15-year plan

BY: - February 24, 2020

One of Michigan’s largest public utilities must go back to the drawing board and come up with a better plan to provide electricity to customers over the next 15 years, a state regulatory body decided last week. Detroit-based DTE Energy, which provides electricity in Michigan to 2.2 million customers and natural gas to 1.3 million, […]

From the Inman recall to green ooze: News you may have missed over the holidays

BY: - January 6, 2020

The Advance took some much-needed time off over the holiday break, but that didn’t mean the news slept.  During that time, we had a state lawmaker arrested for drunken driving, further environmental scares and more developments in the ongoing sagas of state Rep. Larry Inman (R-Williamsburg) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s ban on flavored vaping products.  […]

Report: Michigan has 300+ clean energy businesses, regulatory changes could spur more

BY: - December 4, 2019

Updated, 2:52 p.m., 12/4/19 with the corrected link to the report The Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) released a policy report Wednesday morning praising the progress Michigan has made on renewable energy and identifying areas that still need improvement. Growth in Michigan’s renewable energy sector has been spurred on by a combination of decreasing […]

Enviros give DTE Energy failing grade on clean energy

BY: - November 19, 2019

If electric utilities received report cards for their investment plans like students do for class assignments, DTE Energy’s 15-year investment plan would get failing grades. This is according to a coalition of pro-clean energy organizations, who released a “report card” on Monday evaluating the Detroit-based DTE Energy’s plan on criteria including equitable access to clean […]