Related Articles

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."

Dianne Byrum

Michigan businesses come together for clean energy


Dianne Byrum talks with Kirk Heinze on WJR and WDBM

Written by Caitlin Cox

Dianne Byrum is a partner at Byrum & Fisk, an East Lansing-based advocacy firm representing a coalition of small and medium size businesses interested in advancing clean energy technology; the group is called Michigan Businesses for Clean Energy.

“Clean energy jobs are growing and there is tremendous opportunity,” says Byrum. “Small businesses’ voices need to be heard because there is a large consumer demand.”

Consumers are demanding that businesses leave a better carbon footprint.  The demand lies not only in the agricultural sector but has expanded to retail outlets and the fast food industry, says Byrum. 

“The technologies that consumers are expecting are throughout all job sectors,” says Byrum.  “People expect wind and solar energy, advanced battery technology and biodigesters on farms solar.”

Byrum says that demand is coming not only from consumers, but also from students when choosing a university.  “They expect their university to be green.”

As a Michigan State Univeristy alumna and trustee, she focuses on maintaining the land grant institution through the green practices such as green graduation, recycling and monitoring the use of energy on campus.

If we don’t assume a leadership in these technologies, somebody else will,” says Byrum. “We need to lead on the clean energy front.” 

Please click the arrow above to hear Byrum’s discussion with Kirk Heinze on Greening of the Great LakesGreening of the Great Lakes airs Sunday evenings at 9 on News/Talk 760 WJR and Friday evenings at 7 on MSU's Impact Radio.

Please "like" Greening of the Great Lakes on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.


Share


Add a comment: