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When Coal Falls Short, Renewables Stand Strong

 Last week, two Michigan utilities had trouble getting the coal they had purchased to their plants. DTE Energy had coal they purchased held up on a train in Chicago after the company responsible for transporting it had problems getting from

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Time to leave coal in the past

 What do we hang onto from the year 1900? That’s about when the nation’s first coal-fired power plant opened. Think of the number of changes we’ve made since then. Think of the products that are newer than that and yet

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T-Shirt Events to Personalize Your Presence

 Here in Michigan, where over half our electricity still comes from coal (as if it’s the year 1901 or something), the battle for clean energy is, alas, still ongoing.  Our lakes, like yours, all have mercury warnings and fish advisories

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West Virginia’s Connection to Our Region

 Indiana gets 86% of its electricity from coal. Ohio gets 77.87% of its electricity from coal. Pennsylvania generates 44% of its electricity from coal. Illinois generates about 48% of its electricity from coal. Wisconsin, about 63%. Minnesota, 52% Michigan, 54%. In New York, however, coal

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Coal Plant Cleanups: Big Job, Big Opportunities — Wolverine Co-op offers a fine, “Do it right” example

 Many Michigan utilities are facing big decisions about how best to deal with shutting down their aging, highly polluting, coal-fired power plants. These outdated plants sit on the shores of our Great Lakes, inland lakes, and rivers. The ground beneath

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MSU: Kick Coal Ash

 By Brittany Weinstein, Michigan Clean Water Action On Friday November 1st, Clean Water Fund released a report about the dangers of coal ash pollution in Michigan. We held a press conference at The Rock on Michigan State University’s (MSU) campus Friday to

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Pure Michigan: Where you can drink as much coal ash as you want

 By Alicia Vignoe,  Michigan Clean Water Action I spend every Fourth of July week in Ludington, Michigan at my aunt’s cottage right by Lake Michigan. The whole family goes up, and we spend our days by the lake and nights by

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Consumers Energy’s ‘Smart Art’ contest laudable, but utility could be doing more

 This post originally appeared on MLive.com on October 8th, 2013. Cannon Township resident Shirley Kallio thinks Consumers Energy, an ArtPrize 2013 sponsor, could be doing more in the area of renewable energy. In a guest column applauding Consumers for sponsoring

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Expanding Michigan’s energy optimization standard is good for businesses and residents

 On Tuesday, October 1stth, the House Energy and Technology Committee is holding a committee hearing to hear the pros and cons of Energy Efficiency and PA 295, Michigan’s 2008 energy law that requires Michigan utilities to help customers use less

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Michigan waterways threatened by coal ash from power plants

 By Cecily Savick, Clean Water Action Volunteer This post originally appeared at MLive.com Clean Water Action is mobilizing thousands of members and volunteers, like myself, to help put stop to water pollution from power plants. I’ve seen first hand how

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