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Driverless technology is here!  Two fully-automated, 11-passenger, all-electric shuttles manufactured by French firm NAVYA will soon begin transporting University of Michigan students, faculty, and staff on a non-stop two-mile route between the Lurie Engineering Center and the North Campus Research Complex. As it grows, this paradigm-shifting technology promises to change our world in many ways.  In the May edition of 89.1 WEMU's 'The Green Room,' we examine its potential to help, or hurt, in our challenge to reign in the energy costs and emissions of our transportation sector.


Michiganders May See Relief On Energy Bills

Jan 5, 2016
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A federal judge says energy customers across the Midwest should get refunds and a break on their future bills.  


The state Senate is one step closer to confirming Gov. Rick Snyder’s appointment of a former Consumers Energy lobbyist to a panel that regulates utilities.

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Governor Rick Snyder says it’s time for state lawmakers to set new energy goals for Michigan. He says those goals should include burning less coal and increasing renewable energy production over the next decade.

Snyder outlined a broad set of goals for energy policy between now and 2025 during a roundtable Thursday in Detroit.

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An environmental group lists Michigan among a dozen states in which the cost of delivering coal for use in energy production has grown at two to three times faster than inflation over the past decade.

Clean Energy Action Director of Research and Policy Leslie Glustrom says the government is also over-estimating the amount of affordable coal reserves. 


December's First Friday Focus on the Environment from WEMU examines Michigan's energy future with Bill Rustem, the Strategy Director for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

New CAFE standards are doable, according to Charles Griffith, the Climate and Energy Program Director at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor.   He's our guest on this week's Issues of the Environment from WEMU.