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Governor Names New MPSC Chair

Jul 17, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer designated current Michigan Public Service Commissioner (MPSC) Dan Scripps to serve as chair of the MPSC. He has served on the commission since his appointment by Governor Whitmer in February 2019. Prior to that he worked for the Energy Foundation and also served as a state representative. Commissioner Scripps replaces Sally Talberg […]

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Bill Introduced Allowing Schools to Access Open Energy Market

Jun 26, 2020

Legislation introduced this week aims to help schools and colleges save money on their electricity bills. Under the proposal, introduced by Representative John Reilly (R-Oakland Twp.), K-12 schools, community colleges, and universities, could buy electricity from any provider they chose. Currently, many educational institutions do not have the option to capitalize on potential savings through […]

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U.P. Energy Task Force Holding Online Meeting

Jun 05, 2020

An explanation of how electricity is transmitted throughout the Upper Peninsula is on the agenda for the next meeting of the U.P. Energy Task Force on June 9. Presentations will center around the current state of electrical transmission in the U.P. from power producers to end users. Following the presentations, and a work session, there […]

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U.P. Energy Task Force Holding Public Meeting

May 08, 2020

The U.P. Energy Task Force will begin its broad analysis of the Upper Peninsula’s current and future energy needs during the panel’s online public meeting on Tuesday, May 12. They will meet from 9:30 a.m. to noon using Microsoft Teams, allotting time for public comment about the challenges and potentials for energy available in the […]

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Energy Task Force Submits Recommendations

Apr 24, 2020

The U.P. Energy Task Force submitted their 14 recommendations on propane availability to Governor Gretchen Whitmer. While working on the recommendations, they received more than 800 public comments. The final report includes recommendations to the legislature, the Department of Technology, Management and Budget, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and […]

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Energy Task Force Launches Second Phase

Apr 10, 2020

With recommendations on propane availability in the Upper Peninsula being finalized for submission to Governor Gretchen Whitmer, the U.P. Energy Task Force is launching the second phase of its analysis of the U.P.’s energy needs now and in the future. The Task Force will meet 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 13 via video […]

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State Offering Energy Related Event Sponsorships

Mar 13, 2020

The Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy is offering up to $2,5000 for events related to energy waste reduction, renewable energy, recycling, and/or sustainability. The sponsorships are available to local governments, schools, universities, 501c3 or 501c6 organizations, and small businesses. To be considered for funding, an application must be submitted at least 30 days […]

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Renewable Energy Ordinances Database Launched

Feb 28, 2020

Given that over half of Michigan’s more than 1,800 municipalities have considered renewable energy in their zoning ordinances, the state has launched a unique database that houses all ordinances in one accessible location. Launched by the Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy, the database is the first compilation of all ordinances across the state […]

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