Lawmakers look at more solar panels for homeowners, businesses

SOLAR: Some lawmakers want to lift the cap on the amount of solar energy Michigan utility companies must buy back from their customers. Solar power currently provides only 0.3% of the state’s electricity. The Sierra Club says the change would create more solar industry jobs, reduce electricity prices and benefit the environment. We also speak to a cosponsor from Traverse City and an Ann Arbor woman with solar panels on her roof. Other sponsors include representatives from Hancock, Grand Rapids, Harbor Springs, Gaylord and Cadillac. By Kristia Potsema. FOR MARQUETTE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! MONTMORENCY, CADILLAC, DETROIT, CHEBOYGAN, TRAVERSE CITY AND ALL POINTS.

The indoor farming operation at Revolution Farms in Caledonia uses a broad-spectrum light.

Technology extends ‘Salad Bowl’ to Midwest

SALAD BOWL: For lettuce that calls indoor farms home, the “sunlight” can be blue, pink, red or other colors. That’s because LED lights allow growers to pick the spectrums of the sun that are most useful for plants. The technology is helping Midwest farmers compete with the country’s best-known “Salad Bowl” in California. We talk to an MSU horticulture professor and to farmers in Caledonia and South Bend, Indiana. For news and agriculture sections. By Brianna M. Lane. FOR STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS, HILLSDALE AND ALL POINTS.

Smart meters, solar panels could improve energy reliability amid climate change

ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE: How well-prepared is Michigan’s energy infrastructure for potential damage by extreme weather events caused by climate change? We talk to the head of the Public Service Commission, a Michigan Tech engineering professor and the deputy director of the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy. Brandon Chew. FOR MARQUETTE, SAULT STE. MARIE, GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

Professor inspects black tubing running into a machine.

MSU professor aims to turn wastewater into drinkable water

 A new water treatment facility is coming to East Lansing. The project, spearheaded by Michigan State University professor Dr. Wei Liao will be just south of 1855 Place on campus. The goal of the plant, according to Liao, is to turn wastewater into drinkable water. However, Liao says that goal is not attainable at this moment due to regulations. For now, Liao is focusing on turning sewage water and wastewater into renewable energy by extracting nutrients from food waste and sewage water and converting them into energy.

Deja vu — former Michigan elected official leads national energy policy

ENERGY GRANHOLM: Advice and reactions as ex-Gov. Granholm becomes U.S. secretary of Energy comes from ex-U.S. Sen. Spencer Abraham (himself a former Energy secretary), the Public Service Commission chair (from Northport), Michigan Municipal Electric Association and Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. Includes references to Traverse City, Marquette, Harbor Springs, Hillsdale, Holland, Sturgis, Coldwater, Grand Haven, Negaunee, Zeeland, Hart, Wyandotte, Charlevoix, Petoskey and Lansing. By Eric Freedman. FOR GRAND RAPIDS BUSINESS, CORP! TRAVERSE CITY, LEELANAU, HARBOR SPRINGS, STURGIS, THREE RIVERS, HOLLAND, PETOSKEY, HILLSDALE, COLDWATER, OCEANA, LANSING CITY PULSE, DETROIT, MICHIGAN FARM NEWS AND ALL POINTS.

COVID-19 pandemic revealed underlying energy justice crises, study finds

ENERGY CRISIS – A new Michigan study uses the COVID-19 pandemic to help reveal existing energy crises such as costly utility bills and the dangers of energy pollution. It cites problems in rural areas and tribal nations from Michigan, but the same issues can be seen across the United States and globally. The study by a Michigan Technological University researcher was inspired by the state’s controversial pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac. By Taylor Haelterman. For SAULT STE. MARIE, TRAVERSE CITY, PETOSKEY, CHEBOYGAN, BAY MILLS AND ALL POINTS