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Increasing Michigan’s renewable energy output to 30 percent by the year 2027 would generate thousands of additional jobs and grow the state economy by billions of dollars. That’s according to a new study commissioned by the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum. It’s an organization made up of business and political leaders who are both politically conservative but support renewable energy. Ed Rivet is the Forum’s Executive Director.

A Michigan lawmaker says he doesn't regret comparing the state's largest energy provider to "terrorists" he'd like to "shoot" despite calls for him to publicly apologize.

Republican Rep. Gary Glenn made the comments toward Consumers Energy last week in reference to a bill he sponsors. The legislation would keep electric costs down for Hemlock Semiconductor and lessen the impact of future residential rate hikes.

The bill passed in the House and is now in the Senate.

A western Michigan museum is showcasing a new exhibit on the history of a former power plant that shuttered two years ago.

The Muskegon Chronicle reports that a scale model of the B.C. Cobb power plant is among four other new exhibits at the Muskegon Heritage Museum this summer.

The downtown Muskegon museum shares "unique and extraordinary" histories of local businesses. The exhibits open this week.

Crews are working for another day to restore electrical service to several thousand homes and businesses still without power following high winds Friday. 

Major Michigan utilities say nearly 400,000 homes and businesses around Michigan lost electricity as winds that reached 70 miles per hour (113 kilometers per hour) toppled trees and power lines and led to two deaths.

Construction crews starting this month plan to replace a decades-old natural gas pipeline in the Shiawassee National Wildlife Refuge . 

The refuge's manager Pamela Repp tells The Saginaw News that Consumers Energy will uproot nearly 300 trees along the utility's right of way through the forest. Repp says Consumers Energy plans to replant some of the lost foliage with trees, flowers and grasses.

Report: Clean energy jobs on the rise in Michigan

Sep 22, 2017

According to a recently published study, jobs in the clean energy industry are on the rise in West Michigan. The 2017 clean jobs report released earlier this month found that Michigan is home to 92,000 clean energy jobs, and 6500 of those are based in in Kent County. Clean Energy Industry officials gathered Thursday morning in Grand Rapids to highlight the report at non-profit A Renewable America

Consumers Energy announced they will be investing $18 billion dollars into Michigan businesses over the next decade, as the announcement came during the West Michigan Procurement Summit. 

“This is not about our businesses. This is about our state, and growing our state," Summit keynote speaker Dan Malone, the Senior Vice President of Energy Resources at Consumers Energy said. "And it’s a joy on behalf of Consumers Energy to have been here and working with you all. Over the next 10 years, Consumers Energy will invest over 18 billion dollars in the state of Michigan.”

Consumers Energy is proposing a program that will help large Michigan businesses use renewable energy to power their companies. If the Michigan Public Service Commission approves the proposal, Consumers Energy's first large business customer would be the 1.8 million-square-foot Switch data center campus housed in the former Steelcase pyramid. Officials said it will run on 100 percent renewable energy.

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A utility company in Michigan has selected a development firm to demolish and redevelop two of its former coal-fired power plants.

Consumers Energy filed a request Tuesday for the sale of its 248-acre J.R. Whiting plant in southeast Michigan and its 115-acre B.C. Cobb plant in Muskegon to Forsite Development.

The final purchase is contingent on approval from the Michigan Public Service Commission, which has 180 days to make a decision.

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Crews are working to restore power after wind gusts topping 60 mph in some areas knocked out electrical service to more than 1 million customers in Michigan and whipped through several Great Lakes states.

Wednesday's winds fanned a blaze that killed five people in a Detroit apartment building and pushed a plane carrying members of the University of Michigan basketball team off a runway during takeoff southwest of Detroit.

DTE Energy says 700,000 of its customers lost power in southeastern Michigan and more than 670,000 were without service early Thursday.

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