DTE Energy And Consumers Energy Commit To Increase Renewable Portfolios

Germany Seeks Ambitious Goals For Renewable Energy

Both DTE Energy and Consumers Energy, Michigan’s two largest investor-owned utilities, agreed to boost clean energy production/usage to at least 50% by 2030

Drought Dries Up California Groundwater Sources

We blogged about the Flint water crisis when class action lawsuits were filed earlier this year.

Beijing  Implements EU IV Emissions Standards Ahead of the 2008 Olympic Games

China’s economic slowdown and the government’s pledges to use more renewable and nuclear is making the country’s existing coal plants unnecessary. [The NY Times] Critics of Michigan’s clean energy plan say the proposed polices will reflect closer to 5 rather than 30 percent in actual new renewable energy. [M Live] The World Energy Report 2015 predicts… Keep reading →

China Daily Life - Pollution

Michigan Democrats have won amendments adding more energy efficiency and a renewable goal to the energy overhaul package passed out of the House Energy Policy Committee. [MLive] Austria’s largest state said Thursday that 100 percent of its electricity is now generated using renewable sources of energy. [The Guardian] Oil prices were down for a third… Keep reading →

New Combined Electricity Project Connect Spain and France

Ahead of a crowdfunding campaign, the Spanish company Vortex Bladeless is reaping publicity for a fascinating new concept for capturing wind energy. As the company name implies, their device would do away with the bladed turbine, instead using a flared tower alone to take advantage of oscillating wind turbulence. It’s said to be quieter, cheaper,… Keep reading →

Research Shows San Andreas Fault May Be Overdue For Large Earthquake

More than a dozen areas in the US have been affected in recent years by small earthquakes caused by oil and gas drilling, according to a government report released Thursday. “The man-made quakes jolted once-stable regions in eight states, including parts of Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma and Texas, according to researchers… Keep reading →

As Drilling At Relief Well Continues, Gulf Coast Toils Over Spill Recovery

Oil has been leaking into the Gulf of Mexico at the site where a hurricane-triggered mudslide toppled a drilling platform off the coast of Louisiana for over a decade, according to an Associated Press investigation. “Evidence that the slow-motion spill is far worse than platform owner Taylor Energy Company has publicly reported during its secretive —… Keep reading →

From Moonscape To Lake District: East Germany's Coal Mines

European governments and businesses are discussing the next round of carbon emissions targets once existing greenhouse gas reduction goals expire in 2020. The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change says binding targets are needed to make investors confident in putting money into upgrading power generation infrastructure. “Setting out an ambitious 2030 emissions reduction target of… Keep reading →

Most people don’t know what goes on behind the scenes when a power blackout occurs. This informative video illustrates exactly how a real-life extreme weather event was handled by mid-continent transmission company ITC.

On April 26, 2009, high winds in Michigan blew down 40 utility poles, which then caused two major transmission lines to “trip out.” The video follows the power restoration process step-by-step and includes footage from inside the control room. Keep reading →