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It’s Time to Own Our Power

 There’s no denying that there is an urgent need to decide the energy future of our homes and businesses in Michigan. With the combined crises of energy affordability, pollution, and climate disruption facing us, it is imperative that we move

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Michiganders Have Spoken, They Want More Wind and Solar Power

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 Over the summer, we partnered with Resource Media to create an innovative new tool called PicMyEnergyMix that allows Michiganders to see where utilities get the energy to generate electricity in our homes. On top of finding out where your electricity

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What You Need to Know About Energy Policy in Michigan

 This year, your Michigan representatives are preparing to make major decisions when it comes to determining what energy sources utilities must use to power our homes and businesses. Here’s what you need to know. The Clean Power Plan: In August,

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We Can’t Breathe

 By Marissa Luna I went to a hearing that the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) held at River Rouge High School last week. Over 100 residents from around Wayne County and other parts of the state turned out to

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A Reflection on the Peoples’ Climate March


 By Rob Luzynski Last month, I helped make history by attending the Peoples’ Climate March in New York City. It still feels weird for me to say that. It’s not meant to be self-serving and the word “helped” is a

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Say ‘Yah’ to da U.P.’s Sunshine, eh?


 By Jim Dulzo One of the brightest bolts of sunshine at the recent Solar Powering Michigan conference came from, of all places, way up north in Houghton, Mich.—and delivered by a speaker from, of all places, Chennai, India. Abhi Kantamneni, a Ph.D.

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People’s Climate March: I Marched for the Amazon


 By Sean Watkins “Power concedes nothing without a demand. It never did and it never will.” -Frederick Douglass On Sunday, September 21st, I took part in a social milestone of our world by walking in the People’s Climate March, and

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High School Senior Helped Over 50 People Attend NYC Climate March


 By Jim Dulzo, Michigan Land Use Institute When she was a high school sophomore, Jane Lively rode the bus from Traverse City to Washington DC with 55 other concerned citizens to join the February 2013 Forward on Climate rally. It was

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NYC’s Bounce Back from Hurricane Sandy Offers Lesson to Michigan

 By Jim Dulzo, Michigan Land Use Institute  Southern Michigan was blasted hard with very heavy rainfall and high winds a number of times this summer. Each time, tens or even hundreds of thousands of people lost power, often for many days,

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Wanted: Better state policies, more education and utility cooperation

 By Jim Dulzo Mike Schmerl is a survivor of the Michigan solar industry’s bad old days. Now, he hopes, some good new days may finally be on the way. Back in 2008, the veteran electrician was doggedly trying to expand

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