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Dingell Announces Small Business Voucher Award for SkySpecs of Ann Arbor

U.S. Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (MI-12) today announced that SkySpecs of Ann Arbor will receive a Small Business Voucher from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. SkySpecs deploys autonomous drones for inspections of wind turbines. Working with Sandia National Labs, the project will focus on the validation of blade damage data to assist with the development of machine learning algorithms for automated identification and classification.

Consumers Energy Moving to Develop Renewable Energy with Community Solar Program in Michigan

Consumers Energy is moving forward with plans to add new sources of renewable energy in Michigan, launching its community solar program called Solar Gardens

MPSC Conditionally Approves Consumers Energy’s Request to Amend Its Renewable Energy Plan by Adding...

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today conditionally approved Consumers Energy Company's request to amend its renewable energy plan by adding a community solar program. If adopted by the utility, it would be the first community solar program offered by a regulated electric utility in Michigan. Participants have the opportunity to purchase subscriptions in 0.5 kilowatt blocks and receive a bill credit for 25 years based on the amount of electricity generated by the solar installation.

MPSC Approves Additional $22 Million in 2015 Michigan Energy Assistance Program Grants

Low-income households struggling to pay utility bills may be able to get assistance through an additional $22 million in Michigan Energy Assistance Program grants to eight of the organizations previously awarded funds for 2015.

Conyers Hails $1 Million in Great Lakes Restoration Grant Funding for Green Infrastructure Projects

DETROIT - March 31, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- Yesterday afternoon, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that $1,000,000 in Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Shoreline Cities grant funding would be provided to the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department’s Near East Side Drainage District for two green infrastructure projects to ensure clean water in the region by preventing stormwater from contaminating the Great Lakes. In particular, a portion of the EPA grant would fund a program to convert vacant publicly owned lots in Detroit’s Lower Eastside into green space; the remainder of the EPA grant will be allocated towards the installation of green infrastructure at Detroit’s Recovery Park

Southeast Michigan Receives Two EPA Great Lakes Shoreline Cities Green Infrastructure Grants

DETROIT - March 28, 2014 - (RealEstateRama) -- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announced the award of two Great Lakes Restoration Initiative grants totaling $1.25 million to fund green infrastructure projects in Southeast Michigan to improve water quality in the Great Lakes. EPA Region 5 Administrator / Great Lakes National Program Manager Susan Hedman was joined at the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments Offices by Detroit Water & Sewerage Director Sue McCormick, St. Clair Shores Mayor Kip Walby, John Erb, President of the Erb Family Foundation, and Kathleen Lomako, Executive Director of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments

Chairwoman Stabenow Announces Funding for The Greening of Detroit to Help Restore Vacant Land,...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 7, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, Chairwoman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, today announced two U.S. Forest Service grants for The Greening of Detroit to help restore vacant land and conserve the Detroit and Rouge River Watersheds. The Greening of Detroit, founded in 1989, is a nonprofit environmental organization committed to repurposing land in ways that provide environmental, economic and social benefits to Detroit residents - from tree plantings, green infrastructure to urban agriculture and green workforce development.

MPSC and Michigan Energy Office Submit Renewable Energy Report to Governor Snyder

WASHINGTON, D.C. - November 4, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- John D. Quackenbush, chairman of the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) and Steve Bakkal, director of the Michigan Energy Office today submitted the

MPSC and Michigan Energy Office Issue Draft Report on Renewable Energy, Public Comment Sought

WASHINGTON, D.C. - September 23, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) Chairman John D. Quackenbush and Michigan Energy Office Director Steve Bakkal today issued a draft reporton renewable energy and are seeking public comment on the report.

Governor Snyder Proclaims May 2013 as Building Safety Month; “Code Officials Keep You Safe”

WASHINGTON, D.C. - April 30, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Governor Rick Snyder today proclaimed May 2013 as Building Safety Month in Michigan. This year's theme "Code Officials Keep You Safe" highlights four weekly themes: Fire Safety and Awareness; Disaster Safety and Mitigation; Backyard and Pool Safety; and Energy and Green Building. The month-long observance aims to increase public understanding of the importance of building safety and the resources available for protecting lives and property

Mayor Menino Announces Filing of Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 22, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today the filing of the Building Energy Reporting and Disclosure Ordinance with the Boston City Council. As a component of the City’s climate action plan to meet Mayor Menino’s greenhouse gas reduction goals, this ordinance would require all large and medium sized-buildings to report their annual energy and water use to the City of Boston. The proposed ordinance is intended to encourage building owners to participate in local utility energy efficiency programs and educate tenants on building performance

Senator Stabenow Applauds Announcement to Make Clean Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits Available to Michigan...

WASHINGTON, D.C. - February 8, 2013 - (RealEstateRama) -- U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, author of the Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credit (also known as 48C), today praised the Departments of Treasury and Energy for announcing the availability of $150 million in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing projects across the country. As a member of the Senate Finance Committee, Stabenow authored the tax credit which provides businesses with up to a 30 percent tax cut to produce renewable energy technologies such as solar panels, wind turbines, and advanced batteries here at home. In 2010, Stabenow's initiative helped twelve Michigan companies across the state create hundreds of clean energy jobs.

MPSC Approves Phase II of Detroit Edison’s SolarCurrent Program

November 16, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today approved Detroit Edison Company's request to implement Phase II of its customer-owned SolarCurrents program.

“A Macomb Green Holiday” class features home decorating ideas

October 22, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- MSU Extension Macomb is offering “A Macomb Green Holiday” class. Attendees will learn about make-at-home gift ideas and how to care for decorative holiday plants. They will also receive information on where to find holiday activities and events in Macomb. A take-home decoration for fall will be made during class.

Herbs for the Home Garden series offered

August 24, 2012 - (RealEstateRama) -- Herbs provide beauty and fragrance in the garden and can enhance the flavor and quality of foods, provide a healthy alternative to salt, and be used for medicinal purposes. Many herbs can be easily grown in the home garden or in pots in the kitchen helping to stretch our food dollars

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New shorelands program helps waterfront homeowners improve shorelines, inland lakes

The Michigan Natural Shoreline Partnership recently launched a program to help lakefront homeowners understand best practices to protect their shoreland and inland lakes. The Michigan Shoreland Stewards Program will recognize inland lake property owners who are using healthy property management practices to protect their inland lake and offer tips to improve the shoreline further.

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MAE, MPSC unveil new web page on implementation of energy legislation,...

The Michigan Agency for Energy (MAE) and the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today unveiled a new web page dedicated to the efforts underway to implement Michigan’s new energy laws (Public Act 341 (PA 341) and Public Act 342 (PA 342) of 2016) and opportunities for public involvement.