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    Wind Energy in Michigan

    Joshua Moss

    In 2008, Michigan passed a Renewable Portfolio Standard in hopes that it will help the State make major advances in renewable energy development over the next decade. This requires electric utilities to generate at least ten percent of their energy from renewable sources or negotiate tradable renewable energy certificates by 2015. ...

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    Carbon sequestration systems could receive large tax incentive

    Matt Grossmann

    HB 4016 was introduced by Rep. Paul Opsommer (R – Dewitt) on January 22, 2009. It has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Technology.

    A recently introduced House bill could potentially provide a tax credit to reimburse the entire cost of implementing carbon dioxide sequestration systems in ...

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    Gas stations now able to receive up to $20,000 in tax credits towards …

    Matt Grossmann

    HB 5878’08 was introduced by Rep. Joel Sheltrown in March 2008. The bill was signed into law on December 30, 2008 and assigned as PA 355’08. Gas stations in Michigan now have greater incentive to provide alternative fuel to the public, though it may not be quite the incentive they were ...

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    Michigan's Ban on Burning Garbage Begins in April

    Matt Grossmann

    Life will change in Michigan beginning April 1, 2011 when the state's new burn ban on household waste takes effect. Citizens will no longer be able to burn household trash in their yards. Michigan is one of a few states and the only Great Lakes States currently permitting the burning of ...

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    Rick Snyder’s Michigan Economic Development Corporation: What’s th …

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    Tax incentives have been a huge help to businesses in Michigan and across the nation. By offering money to firms that are ready and willing to expand, their availability has spurred so many investments.
    Michigan's former governor, Jennifer Granholm, supported the offering of tax incentives to businesses. Under her watch, the ...

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    New House bill would provide major tax incentive for residential renew …

    Matt Grossmann

    HB 4004 was introduced by Rep. Brian Calley (R – Portland) on January 22, 2009.  It has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Technology. A new bill introduced in the House this month would allow taxpayers to claim an income tax credit if they purchase and install a ...

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    Can renewable energy jobs renew Michigan's economy?

    Matt Grossmann

    Michigan's economy is hurting pretty badly right now and it's no secret what the cause has been. Reports have put Michigan job losses at almost 500,000 since the year 2000, of which 315,000 were manufacturing. The University of Michigan is predicting that unemployment in the state will hit ...

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    Michigan Biofuels: Which is Best for the State?

    Matt Grossmann

    Michigan has high capacity for producing biodiesel and ethanol. Both fuels can easily be made in Michigan as soy beans for biodiesel and corn for ethanol are two of the state's top five commodities. The production of both fuels provide Michigan farmers with an additional market for profit but an increase ...

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    Interview with David Gard, Energy Program Director Michigan Environmen …

    Elizabeth Brajevich

    Elizabeth Brajevich: Could you give me some information on what Michigan Environmental Council is doing to support Proposal 3?
    David Gard: The primary thing we're doing right now is speaking engagements, so we're going around the state with different staff members, heading out-a lot of these things happen in the evenings ...

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    White Roofs Slow Global Warming and Saves Money

    Matt Grossmann

    As global warming continues to be a worldwide issue, there may be solutions other than alternative energy sources. Biodiesel, ethanol, solar panels, and wind turbines are great alternatives compared to oil and coal which pollute our environment. All sources of alternative energy that reduce the amount of pollution emitted into our ...

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