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    Michigan’s Electric Choice Experience

    Derrell Slaughter

    The issue of electric choice has been controversial in the state of Michigan over the past two decades. Policymakers have gone back and forth on whether or not Michigan’s electric utility industry should be regulated or deregulated. Both of these methods have had mixed results in the state.

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    Energy Dilemma in Michigan’s Upper Pen …

    Sean Will

    The Situation   On September 1, 2013, Cliffs Natural Resources, a mining company with operations in the Upper Peninsula, decided to cease purchasing its energy from Wisconsin-based We Energies. The switch was apparently made due to significant electrical costs, which saw increases of nearly 110% since 2008, according to a Cliffs spokesperson. Thanks ...

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    The Cost of Proposal 3

    Elizabeth Brajevich

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    Landfill Projects Legislation

    Riam Jubrael

    Quite a few years ago, an alternative to traditional landfills known as a bioreactor landfill was proposed at the Smiths Creek landfill, which is managed by St. Clair County. The proposal called for the addition of liquid waste to the landfill in order to urge faster decomposition. However, when the plan ...

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    Mining Regulations Legislation

    Jon Van Camp

    Public Act No. 214 was effectively made law on November 8th, 2011. It was initially introduced by Representative Eileen Kowall ( R ) to amend Public Act No. 451 of 1994, the "Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Act". These two acts primarily deal with mining/permit regulations and environmental regulations pertaining to ...

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    Wind Energy Taxation Legislation

    Andrew Smith

    In August 2011, Paul W. Jackson from Michigan Farm News interviewed Harold Durling, farmer and advanced development engineer, more than two years after Durling had constructed a $15,000 wind turbine on his personal property. Durling completed the wiring from the wind turbine to his house, as well as purchased a program ...

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    Biofuel Production Legislation

    Mitchell Rhein

    Act 97 amends the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act to provide that a biofuel production facility that complies with certain requirements would be a permitted use of property and not subject to special land use approval. The act also prescribes special land use approval application requirements for those facilities that meet ...

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    The Debate: Coal Plants at Michigan Stat …

    Natalie Tononi

    A typical coal plant burns 1.4 million tons of coal a year. With coal generating 54% of our nation's electricity, nearly 600 coal plants exist in the United States. The multitude of coal plants allows for coal to be the single biggest air polluter in the US. Coal plants contribute to ...

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    Pig Declared Invasive Species

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    Michigan's Department of Natural Resources and Environment, or DNRE, has declared feral pigs to be a state invasive species. With 3,000 to 5,000 pigs living in more than 65 of 83 Michigan counties, these wild boars have become a problem. According to the DNRE, the pigs are damaging local land. As the ...

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    Michigan: A Clean Engine for the Future …

    Natalie Tononi

    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 ...

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    Chrysler Working with EPA on New Hybrid …

    Natalie Tononi

    For many, talk of electric vehicles, charging stations, and other related topics are at the top of the agenda when it comes to a more green style of life, but Chrysler, partnered with EPA, is beginning to change all of that. .

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    Canada Approves Controversial Great Lake …

    Natalie Tononi

    In recent weeks, the debate over the Great Lakes has focused largely on nuclear shipments. .

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    Calling for Clean Coal Plants

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    House Minority Leader Richard E. Hammel, a Democrat from Mt. Morris Township, said during a Jan. 14 press conference with members of the Democratic caucus that building a clean coal plant is one of three Democratic initiatives to create Michigan jobs. Hammel and his fellow Democrats emphasized that the building of a ...

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    GM CEO Talks To Michigan Legislators

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    On Jan. 7, General Motors CEO Dan Akerson met with members of Michigan's congressional delegation to discuss the new Chevy Volt and incentives and regulations associated with such alternative fuel vehicles. The meeting sparked much discussion among legislators. Rep. Hansen Clarke, a Detroit Democrat, said he hopes to see greater incentives given ...

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    Rails to Revitalize

    Marina Csomor

    The U.S. government has awarded $161 million to Michigan for use to improve its high speed rail route. This money would be used to create and upgrade rail stations, purchase track, better bridges and signal systems, and rework congestion points. These improvements will allow trains traveling the over 200 miles from Detroit ...

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    Coal on MSU's Campus

    Marina Csomor

    On Nov. 17, about 50 students gathered behind Michigan State University's Wells Hall to urge school administrators to make a campus commitment to clean energy. The rally, organized by MSU Beyond Coal, brought together students from ECO, Greenpeace, Campus Interfaith Council, and other groups who carried signs and stood amongst almost ...

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    An End to Invasive Species

    Natalie Tononi

    The Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge is made up of 5,700 acres along the Detroit River and Lake Erie. It is used for studying wetlands and other ecosystems by using it as a natural laboratory. The most recent studies being performed in this area have been by students and faculty at ...

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    Pipeline Devastation Calls into Question …

    Natalie Tononi

      Recent events have caused the argument over pipeline management and guidelines to erupt. Since the largest leak in the history of the Midwest took place in Calhoun County along 2 miles of the Talmadge Creek and 38 miles of the Kalamazoo River, many have called into question the restrictions and oversight ...

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    New Emissions Standards for Trucks Annou …

    Marina Csomor

    The Obama administration has announced its first-ever fuel efficiency rules for future heavy-duty pickup trucks, delivery vans, school buses, garbage trucks, and tractor-trailers. These rules, affecting heavy-duty trucks and buses beginning with model year 2014 and continuing through model year 2018, are expected to reduce fuel consumption and emissions by 10 ...

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    Old G.M. to Provide Millions for Cleanup

    Marina Csomor

    Under a deal reached on Oct. 20, the bankruptcy estate of General Motors will commit $773 million toward cleaning up old plant sites and other property abandoned by the automaker. After obtaining the required approval from a bankruptcy judge next year, Motors Liquidation Company, the old G.M. formed from the assets shed ...

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