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Pure Michigan Utility Summit Highlights Consumers Energy’s Commitment to Putting Michigan to Work

Consumers Energy today highlighted its $5 billion commitment to Michigan businesses, taking part in a first-of-its-kind event in Kalamazoo that connects the state’s two largest energy providers with Michigan-based suppliers.

Consumers Energy, Partners Provide $12 Million in Contributions to Help Michigan Families Stay Safe...

Consumers Energy announced today that it is partnering with Michigan nonprofit organizations to make $12 million available to help over 30,000 families across the state stay warm and keep the lights on this winter

Consumers Energy’s Hunting Policy Protects Safety of Workers, Neighbors

As Michigan small- and big-game seasons gear up, Consumers Energy offers a reminder that hunting is not allowed on its property, with the exception of its hydro properties in the northern Lower Peninsula.

Consumers Energy Honors Michigan Companies for Helping Households Reduce Energy Use

Consumers Energy is honoring nearly 70 Michigan companies that work with the Michigan energy provider to help households lower costs through energy efficiency, making an impact of over $1 billion on customer bills since 2009

State Using Technology to Identify Lead Pipes and Track Water Resource Distribution in Flint

In an effort to help identify the location of lead pipes and other components of Flint’s water infrastructure, GIS experts from the City of Flint, State of Michigan, the University of Michigan – Flint, and FEMA have translated hundreds of hand-drawn plat maps from the 1980s and hand-written notes on thousands of cards about updates to home plumbing systems into digitized maps. These maps are helping with the response and determine where safe water is needed.

WATER RELIEF COLLECTION FOR FLINT MICHIGAN

Ehrhardt Clinical Research, LLC (ECR) will be taking donations of bottled water and money for the Flint Michigan Water Crisis. ECR would like the help of Kansas City and its surrounding area to help us send as much water and help as we can to overcome this tragic situation in Flint. As a health care business we feel it is our duty to care for those in need and we see this as a great opportunity to help along with our fellow citizens.

Rep. Miller says V2I language is critical to advancing cutting-edge driver safety technology

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure introduced a 6-year highway reauthorization bill, the Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Reform Act of 2015, which includes a Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) provision authored by Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) to assist with the advancement of V2I technologies that improve road safet

Statement by Congressman Dan Kildee on Flint Water Technical Advisory Committee Meeting

Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05) issued the following statement today after the Technical Advisory Committee met and recommended that the city of Flint reconnect to the Detroit water system:

Gov. Rick Snyder: Chinese company to invest nearly $26 million in Northville Township facility

A Chinese bearing manufacturer will invest nearly $26 million to establish a new U.S. headquarters and technical center in Northville Township, creating 125 jobs, Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday after returning from an eight-day investment mission to China

Peters Bill to Promote Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Technology Included in Senate Highway Bill

U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) today applauded the inclusion of his bipartisan Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Safety Technology Investment Flexibility Act of 2015 in the surface transportation reauthorization bill, which was unanimously passed by the Senate Environment and Public Works committee yesterday. Peters introduced the bill along with Republican Senator Roy Blunt (MO) and Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI) earlier this month.

Go Green! in Home Building and Remodeling; Energy Efficiency and Cost Savings Benefit Homeowners

Building and remodeling to energy efficiency standards and codes benefits homeowners and the environment is the focus during this fourth week of Building Safety Month.

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.

USDA Announces Funding for Smart Grid and 1,000 miles of line on 80th Anniversary...

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that USDA is providing more than $100 million in loans to build or improve 1,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines for rural electric cooperative utilities in four states.

Thumb Electric Cooperative of Michigan will use a $25 million loan to build or improve 93 miles of line and make other system improvements, including a $2.7 million smart grid investment.

MPSC Directs Wisconsin Electric Power Company to Cease Billing Verso Paper Corp. for Standby...

The Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) today directed Wisconsin Electric Power Company (WEPCo) to cease billing Verso Paper Corp. (Verso) for standby energy associated with a maintenance period in 2012.

On Earth Day, Peters Cosponsors Bill to Permanently Authorize and Fully Fund the Land...

U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) announced today that he is co-sponsoring legislation to permanently authorize and fully fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF), which is set to expire September 30. The LWCF uses revenues from offshore oil and gas to create and protect national parks, areas around rivers and lakes, national forests, and national wildlife refuges, and to provide matching grants for state and local parks and recreation projects.

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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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Justice Department Obtains $150,000 Settlement in Sexual Harassment Lawsuit Against Owner...

The Justice Department today announced that Frank D. Tjoelker, an owner and manager of rental properties in and around Grand Rapids, Michigan, will pay $150,000 to resolve allegations that he sexually harassed multiple women who have lived in or inquired about his rental properties. Since January of this year, the Civil Rights Division has filed or settled five cases alleging unlawful sexual harassment of women in housing and recovered over $1 million for victims such harassment.