Courtesy Matt Grocoff

Matt Grocoff says today’s children may grow up in a world without power outages. The founder of the Ann Arbor based Thrive Collaborative says that’s part of the promise of “net-zero” buildings.

Courtesy Matt Grocoff

Your next house might be “net-zero.” So says the keynote speaker at a conference in Kalamazoo. Matt Grocoff of Ann Arbor promotes the practice of building or converting homes so that they generate as much energy as they use, something he says does more than lower utility bills.

DTE Proposes Wind Farm In Branch County

Apr 5, 2018
A wind farm in Idaho (file photo)
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DTE Energy is searching for wind power in less windy parts of the state. The utility has signed lease agreements for 22,000 acres in Branch County near the Indiana border. 

Wind turbines stand tall above a farm field
courtesy of Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy says it will stop using coal by 2040 and get 40 percent of its energy from renewable sources. The company’s remaining five coal plants employ about 500 people. It shuttered seven of its facilities two years ago.

DTE Ordered To Explain Power Shutoffs

Feb 6, 2018

(MPRN-Lansing) A state commission will take a hard look at DTE Energy’s past improper shutoffs. The Michigan Public Service Commission will hold an evidentiary hearing against the company.