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    When many think of Michigan the first thing that comes to their mind is the Motor City. Next, they may think of the abundance of pollution that comes with the vast amount of vehicles, but Michigan is, in fact, one of the top leaders in the nation when it comes to clean energy. .

    It is because of Michigan's diverse crop mix and strong timberland resources that it is home to more than 100 bioenergy, biomaterial, and biofuel operations. The state is in the top one third of all states in commercial ethanol and biodiesel crops and also claims 5 ethanol plants as its own. This vast amount of biomass allows for 10 plants to produce 1.7 million megawatt hours of electricity from its burning.

    Along with these figures, are the individual companies and cities working to improve in the realm of renewable energy. For example, Detroit Edison is looking to expand its renewable energy portfolio by including a new biogas project. This project would encompass the Smiths Creek Landfill in Kimball Township; the landfill is one of the first commercial-scale septage injection landfill gas systems in the United States. In this form of landfill, septic tank material is used to speed up the decomposition process of the organic wastes to create more room at a faster rate and increase the rate of biogas production. In order to achieve this goal, Detroit Edison is teaming up with Blue Water Renewables in a power purchase agreement that will account for power generated via the 3.2 megawatt landfill facility. By 2015, Detroit Edison hopes to add 1200 megawatts of renewable power to its portfolio.

    The city of Flint, in conjunction with Swedish Biogas International LLC, is also looking to improve its clean energy platform by constructed a new biogas plant. This plant is scheduled for completion in May and would transform waste into energy. The overall purpose of the plant would be to generate heat for buildings and methane to fuel buses. Tom Guise, CEO of Swedish Biogas, is asking to take the investment from $9 million to $13 million in order to create a larger facility, which in turn would create a higher revenue and more jobs. His insight in the matter: "you have to be in the black to be green".

     

    Sources:

    http://www.earthtechling.com/2011/02/biogas-comes-to-detroit-edison-portfolio/

    http://leadenergy.org/2011/02/michigan-a-clean-engine-for-the-%E2%80%9Cnext%E2%80%9D-economy/

    http://www.waste-management-world.com/index/display/article-display/9501007015/articles/waste-management-world/waste-to-energy/2011/02/Expansion_Plans_for_Flint_Biogas_Facility_Currently_Under_Construction.html

    http://media-newswire.com/release_1140245.html

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