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Bob Nelson
Citizens Utility Board of Michigan / cubofmichigan.org

There were a number of heavy thunderstorms in late July and early-to-mid August. Almost a million Michiganders lost electricity in the worst of the storms. For some, getting the lights back on took a week. WEMU's David Fair and Michigan League of Conservation Voters executive director Lisa Wozniak wanted to know what regulators and citizens can do to create a more secure future. For answers, they turned to Bob Nelson, board president of the nonprofit group, Citizens Utility Board of Michigan. 


Laura Sherman
Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council / mieibc.org

The cost of producing and distributing renewable energy continues to decline.  That is changing the energy marketplace.  Still, there are a lot of hurdles to overcome in both legislative policy and in the behaviors of individuals and communities.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair discusses the near and longer-term energy future with Laura Sherman, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council.


Charles Griffith
The Ecology Center / ecocenter.org

This year's North American International Auto Show is underway in Detroit.  Once again, the world's top automakers believe the future lies in electric and automated vehicles.  In this week's "Issues of the Environment," WEMU's David Fair explores what impacts these vehicles may have with Charles Griffith, who directs the Climate and Energy Program at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor.


Barbara Lucas / 89.1 WEMU

Why do some people feel oil and gas pipelines are a good and necessary part of our lives, while others fight against them?  To tackle this question, first we need to understand the basics:  We all know what a pipeline is.  But what they carry, where they are, and why there are so many, are questions most of us aren’t so sure about.  In this first part of a series on energy pipelines, Barbara Lucas gives us a bit of “Pipelines 101," in "The Green Room." 


Smart Meters Scheduled For Vote This Week

Mar 13, 2017
Smart Meter
Wikipedia Media Commons / wikipedia.org

Utilities shouldn’t be able to penalize customers for keeping old versions of their meters.  That’s the intent of legislation in Lansing up for committee vote this week.


A majority of those who lost power in Wednesday's windstorm are back on line. Still, there is a long way to go to full restoration. 

The most significant weather event DTE Energy has experienced in its more than 100-year history. That's how the utility is characterizing Wednesday's windstorm.  

Peter O'Connor / https://www.flickr.com/photos/anemoneprojectors/10624839095

Nearly a million Michigan residents lost power in yesterday’s wind storm.  At its peak, DTE Energy reported 700,000 customers without electricity in southeast Michigan. 

Solar Panels Ypsi
SolarYpsi

There’s heated debate over the future of renewable energy policy in Michigan – and it’s not just Democrats versus Republicans.