energy

A partially constructed wind tunnel. A new type of wind power from the Sheerwind Company based in Minnesota. It funnels wind to increase wind speeds that then blow past propellers to make energy.
Rebecca Thiele/WMUK

A Western Michigan University professor says market forces, not government policy will determine the future of the energy industry. Joyashish Thakurta says the trend is away from coal toward natural gas. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) A major rewrite of Michigan’s energy policy is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) The lame duck session is quickly drawing to a close in Lansing. With only a few days left lawmakers are evaluating their priorities before the end of the year. 

Official Nuclear Regulatory Commission Photo

Plans to close the Palisades Nuclear Power Plant sooner than was previously announced caught many people by surprise. But Midwest Energy News reporter Andy Balaskovitz says there were some signs of an accelerated timeline. 


Michigan Energy Overhaul Passes Senate

Nov 10, 2016
Melissa Benmark / WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) The state Senate has adopted an overhaul of Michigan’s energy policy. It’s designed to ensure reliability as the state’s big utilities replace aging coal-fired plants that have to shut down. 

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