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A Path Forward for PURPA Projects, American Wind Week, Global Renewable Energy Jobs

Welcome to the weekly newsletter of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC), the business voice for advanced energy in Michigan. Here’s what’s new this week:    Consumers Energy Settlement Could Clear Path For Solar Projects   Under the terms of a proposed settlement agreement, Consumers Energy says it plans to connect 584 MW of solar projects to its system before 2024 and contract with those projects under…

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New Initiative From Gov. Whitmer, Michigan CAT Interview and Powerley

Michigan EIBC Applauds Gov. Whitmer For New Advanced Energy Opportunities     On Aug. 8 Gov. Whitmer announced that she has directed a number of state agencies to pursue renewable energy and energy efficiency practices, including reductions in energy use and the installation of on-site solar.Whitmer presented the initiative as a chance for Michigan state government to “lead by example,” encouraging the private sector to embrace…

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Interview with Kevin O’Connell of Michigan EIBC Member Michigan CAT Power Systems

Michigan CAT Power Systems is a member of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (EIBC) and a provider of turnkey Combined Heat & Power (CHP) systems and a host of other energy solutions, like solar firming and waste-to-energy. Michigan EIBC talked to Michigan CAT Advanced Energy Systems Manager Kevin O’Connell about the innovative ways companies are managing their energy use and the kind of barriers…

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Renewables and Grid Reliability, An EV Ford F-150, Corporate Solar Investment

Renewable Energy and Grid Reliability Can Work Together A recent report from the Congressional Research Service finds that electric reliability has been “stable or improving” from 2013 to 2017, a period over which the amount of wind and solar generation on the grid grew dramatically. This finding runs counter to the argument sometimes made that the intermittent nature of wind and solar energy mean that more renewables…

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Michigan Lagging on Reliability, Isabella Wind Farm Purchase Approved

Michigan Electricity Has Room for Improvement on Reliability, Report Finds Michigan lags behind other Midwestern states and the rest of the country in terms of the reliability, affordability, and environmental impacts of its utility electricity service, according to a new report from the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan (CUB), a recently-formed ratepayer advocacy group. The report’s deep dive into U.S. Energy Information Administration data reveals the importance of the state’s…

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New MPSC Commissioner, Michigan Biomass Plant Visit, New IEI Board Member

Welcome New MPSC Commissioner Tremaine Phillips On July 17, Gov. Whitmer announced Tremaine Phillips as the new commissioner at the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC).  Phillips most recently was the director of the Cincinnati 2030 District and led efforts to achieve sustainability goals for commercial and residential buildings across the city of Cincinnati, Ohio. He has spent his career engaged with energy efficiency, renewable energy,…

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