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Michigan Schools Strive for ENERGY STAR Certification

6 Sep , 2018  

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Michigan public educational facilities encouraged to pursue ENERGY STAR certification to help cut energy bills uppermichiganssource.com, September 6, 2018 Michigan has more ENERGY STAR certified K-12 schools than any other state in the Midwest, and it plans to continue its leadership in the coming years by helping Michigan public educational facilities pursue this designation and […]

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Finance, Markets & Business

DTE Electric Begins Offering “Green Bonds”

3 May , 2018  

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DTE Energy to sell “green bonds” to fund green energy investments Written by Dave Kovaleski, dailyenergyinsider.com, May 3, 2018 DTE Electric is offering $525 million in “green bonds,” which are bonds to finance environmentally-friendly energy investments, like low-carbon, renewable, and energy efficient projects. Detroit-based DTE is the fifth energy company in the nation to sell […]

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Efficiency in Action, Markets & Business

Michigan Companies Reducing Energy Costs

8 Sep , 2017  

Industrial-strength savings: Michigan companies take steps to reduce energy used in industrial, office facilities Crain’s Detroit Business, September 3, 2017 Greg Pflum was hoping to lure a new plant to the BASF facility he oversees in Wyandotte four years ago when he got an unwelcome reminder about the importance of energy costs. High Michigan energy […]

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Industrial Technology, Process

Solar Thermal System Has Been Reducing Farms Energy Consumption

26 Jul , 2017  

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Solar thermal system part of Michigan agriculture energy efficiency tour Michigan State University Extension, July 24, 2017 Heating water for sanitary use in the milking parlor can be a significant energy expense on a dairy farm. One energy reduction option dairies can choose is to use solar thermal water heating panels to preheat water before […]

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Finance, Markets & Business

PACE Financing Begins to Take Off in Michigan

6 Jan , 2017  

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Making energy efficiency projects pay off, right away Michigan Radio, January 5, 2017 The U.S. EPA estimates that companies in Michigan waste up to a third of the energy they buy because of inefficient buildings and equipment. But most of the companies just keep paying those high energy bills, month after month, because they can’t […]

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Program Evaluation, Programs & Policy

Shining a Light on the Real Issues with the E2e Weatherization Study

2 Jul , 2015  

The E2e weatherization study: generating more heat than light ACEEE, July 2, 2015. Image credit: geralt Methodology First, parts of this study use an experimental research design called a randomized controlled trial, where researchers define a pool of eligible customers and randomly assign some of the eligible customers to a treatment group and some to a […]

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Law & Policy, Programs & Policy

Calling Out the Efficacy of Energy Efficiency

29 Jun , 2015  

A new study claims the fiscal cost of upgrades outshine the savings by 50%. Amber Plante for Zondits, June 29, 2015. Image credit: Bullhorn Energy efficiency gives us a way to use less power, reduce costs, and still live comfortably. This principle has been at the forefront of the movement to upgrade lighting, household appliances, […]

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Law & Policy, Programs & Policy

Are Energy Efficiency Policies as Cost-Effective as We Think?

24 Jun , 2015  

A big new study looks at federal energy-efficiency efforts — and the results are grim Vox, June 23, 2015. Image credit: PeteLinforth That’s a question raised in a new working paper by Meredith Fowlie, Michael Greenstone, and Catherine Wolfram. The economists conducted a large randomized controlled trial of 30,000 homes in Michigan involving the federal Weatherization Assistance Program, which helps low-income […]

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Clean Grid Technology, Regulatory Affairs

The Energy Debate in Michigan

25 Mar , 2015  

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Rowe: Government stacks deck against renewable energy The Detroit News, March 24, 2015 Gov. Rick Snyder recently gave an address on energy and, as expected, his approach included market-based solutions, the notion that the market should take care of renewable energy development. As a professor of renewable energy and energy management for more than 30 […]

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Law & Policy, Programs & Policy

Michigan Politicians Attempt to Derail Efficiency and Clean Energy

18 Mar , 2015  

Gita Subramony for Zondits, March 19, 2015 Last year, Michigan policy-makers proposed questionable changes to the state’s definition of clean energy; a house bill attempted to expand clean energy to include the burning of waste material and garbage in order to meet the state’s clean energy goals. State representative Aric Nesbitt, who proposed the initial […]

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