- Former Shell Oil President, Top Gov. Snyder Staff Share Vision for American Energy Renaissance at Major Detroit-Area Forum
Hofmeister left Shell Oil Company to found Citizens for Affordable Energy, a nonprofit that educates people about how to go green at the local level. He says CFAE was founded on a non-partisan platform in 2011 to educate citizens and government officials about affordable energy solutions, environmental protection, energy alternatives, efficiency, infrastructure, public policy, competitiveness, social cohesion, and quality of life.
- Consumers Energy leads energy optimization in Michigan businesses and homes
The Renewable Portfolio Standard requires 10 percent of the state's energy portfolio be renewable by 2015, Malone says. In 2008, Consumers Energy was producing 4 percent renewable energy, he says, but opened its first wind farm in Mason County.
- Michigan Saves makes going green easy and affordable
More than 2,000 homes have been improved through Michigan Saves, she says, and each homeowner saves, on average, $450 each year on their utility bill. Using a network of local credit unions, Michigan Saves brings financing and contracting experts together to identify ways to lower homeowners' utility costs, Metty Bennett says.
- Valerie Brader: Working to ensure Michigan's energy and environmental future
The adaptability of future energy policies is incredibly important to Gov. Snyder, Brader says. Future energy and environmental policies will focus on affordable energy, reliable energy and protecting our environment, she says, which aim to suit a variety of futures.
- Hydraulic fracturing in Michigan lowers fuel costs and could create jobs, decreasing dependence on foreign energy
Because of the influx of media coverage of hydraulic fracturing, Cook says, people think the process is new and they are increasingly skeptical. "This is something we've been doing for 50 years," he says, "and we've had no problems of any contamination of water wells in northern Michigan."
Christine Todd Whitman: Bullish on America's nuclear energy future
- Christine Todd Whitman talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR
Gov. Whitman spoke to the Lansing Economic Club on November 16 about future realities of nuclear energy in America and about CASEnergy’s “Policy Roadmap for Clean Energy” — a four-point guide to put the U.S. on a viable path towards realizing its clean energy future.
She sees nuclear energy expansion as critical to America’s energy future.
“We’re looking at a 28 percent in electricity demand by 2035,” says Whitman. “That sounds like a long way off, but it’s tomorrow as far as utilities are concerned in making their decisions on where to invest in capital costs.
“We need to do more in conservation; clearly we can do better with our green energy sources, and nuclear is one of those green energy sources.”
“Nuclear energy is the only form of base power – the 24/7 power – that emits no greenhouse gases or other regulated pollutants while it’s producing power.
Whitman says nuclear is 20 percent of our nation’s power today and over 70 percent of our clean energy.
“So as we look to our energy future and this increasing demand, we know that while we can and must do better with our clean energy sources like wind and solar, nuclear is a form of power that is very affordable, clean and safe.”
Whitman adds that nuclear and other clean energies are crucial factors in America’s economic future.
“If we’re going to have economic growth, we’re going to have to have stable, reliable and affordable power; that’s a given.
There’s been some talk in Washington about doing away with the Environmental Protection Agency. Whitman believes that idea is very short-sighted.
“The agency was created under President Nixon in 1970 because we had rivers that were spontaneously combusting because of the stuff we’d been dumping in them, and we had people ending up in the hospital emergency room on a regular basis in the summer due to bad air quality. As much as we like to think people do the right thing automatically, there are some who don’t.
“We’re the only developed country in the world that does not treat the environment as a Cabinet-level position. People can’t live and thrive if they don’t have clean air to breathe, fresh and clean water to drink, and a quality of life that includes some open space.
Click on the arrow above to hear Whitman’s November 19 Greening of the Great Lakes conversation with Kirk Heinze. Greening of the Great Lakes airs Friday evenings at 7 on News/Talk 760 WJR.
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