renewable energy

Wind turbines stand tall above a farm field
courtesy of Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy says it will stop using coal by 2040 and get 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources. The company’s remaining five coal plants employ about 500 people. It shuttered seven of its facilities two years ago.

Both Sides Blast Renewable Energy Bill

Sep 4, 2015

There’s heated debate over the future of renewable energy policy in Michigan – and it’s not just Democrats versus Republicans.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is criticizing legislation that would put new limits on Michigan’s net metering program. That program allows people with solar panels to sell surplus energy back to the grid.

A crane puts Kent County's trash into a hopper at Covanta Energy Incorporated
Rebecca Thiele, WMUK

Michigan is on track to get ten percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. Now state legislators are busy working on energy policies for the next ten years. Governor Rick Snyder’s plan focuses on natural gas and aims for 19 percent renewables by 2025. But a bill by State Representative Aric Nesbitt of Lawton could change the state’s definition of ‘renewable.’


Solar Panels at Western Michigan University - file photo
WMUK

A rally is being held Wednesday calling on Western Michigan University to divest its endowment from fossil fuels. The Earth Day rally is being organized by Students for a Sustainable Earth. 

Kevin Lavery, WKAR

(MPRN-Lansing) The Legislature is embarking on a big re-write of Michigan’s energy strategy. A state House committee opened hearings on the subject Wednesday. And a lot of the discussion focused on renewable energy. 

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