Energy in the News: Friday, February 17

Friday, February 17, 2017

New moves on American wind power

WBUR, feat. Mark Barteau

California was early to wind power. Then the Midwest and beyond – Iowa, Oklahoma, Kansas, Illinois. Texas is huge -- number one. Now, the eastern seaboard is jumping in with offshore wind power generation. The turbines are turning out there. Big new deals are inked. The new administration in Washington is talking coal and oil pipelines. But renewables are surging. Where does the American energy mix go, between markets, policy and climate change? This hour On Point, energy in a windstorm.



Jack Hu outlines progress made in research initiatives at University over past year as VP

The Michigan Daily, feat, Jack Hu

Jack Hu, vice president for research at the University of Michigan, said last January his goals for his tenure as head of one of the nation’s best research facilities included improvement in undergraduate research opportunities, supporting faculty research initiatives and broadening multidisciplinary collaboration of projects across the University.

In a one-year follow-up interview on Feb. 9, Hu reinforced the role the University’s Office of Research plays in launching new initiatives and making progress in future prospects — particularly amid a changing social, technological and political climate.

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Is America breaking up with cars?

CityLab, feat. Michael Sivak

After 2006, car ownership and vehicle miles began declining. But the latest installment of this research, conducted by Michael Sivak, who heads the University of Michigan’s Sustainable Worldwide Transportation research consortium—shows a hint of a rebound. In 2015, vehicle ownership rates ticked up 1.4 percent on average from 2012. Car ownership went from .744 per person in 2012 to .756 per person in 2015 and from 1.27 per household in 2013 to 1.95 per household in 2015. Distance-driven rates on average increased 2.1 percent, from 8,461 miles per person and 21,866 miles per household in 2012 to 8,648 miles per person and 22,311 miles per household.

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Green energy expanding in Michigan communities

Great Lakes Echo, feat. U-M School of Natural Resources and Environment

Northport, a village in Leelanau County, gets half the energy for its wastewater treatment plant from a community-owned wind turbine.

The village also claims the only 100 percent solar-powered golf course in the United States, according to Stanley “Skip” Pruss, former director of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, who moved to Leelanau Township in 2008.

Solar energy is used to power the clubhouse and other operations.

“Our community members are feeling passionately that we are accelerating the transition to clean energy,” Pruss said. “Northport can be an example to other local communities in how to go about doing that. It’s a good way to go.”

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Michigan meets renewable energy targets


All electric service providers in Michigan met their renewable energy targets, with wind contributing most to the green economy, a public commission found.

"The combined efforts of the electric providers, renewable energy project developers, communities hosting renewable energy projects, renewable energy advocates and many others have contributed to the effective implementation of Michigan's renewable energy standard," Michigan Public Service Commission Chair Sally Talberg said.

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Ann Arbor property owners to start energy-saving 2030 District


An energy-saving movement that boasts strongholds in cities like Seattle, Cleveland and Los Angeles is on its way to Ann Arbor.

Local property owners and managers are seeking to join cities such as these and others across the country by launching a 2030 District, a unique private-public partnership formed with the goal of a 50 percent reduction in energy usage, water consumption and transportation emissions.

"The 2030 District is a cooperative effort by commercial properties to voluntarily monitor their energy use," said Sean Reed, executive director of Clean Energy Coalition.

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Bipartisan group of Governors to President Trump: Renewable energy is an American success story

GreenTech Media

When it comes to creating jobs and innovating in the energy sector, President Trump doesn't have to try very hard to make America great again.

Because renewable energy is already making it great, says a bipartisan group of governors. They can see it firsthand in their states.

A coalition of eight Republican governors and 12 Democratic governors sent a letter to the White House yesterday, asking Trump to "strengthen America's energy future" by extending government support for offshore wind, R&D, grid modernization and improved permitting for utility-scale renewables.

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