- 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."
American Solar Challenge
Our company, Black & Veatch, is a globally recognized Power Industry leader with projects worldwide, as well as a deep local commitment in the communities in which we serve. Black & Veatch’s Mission of Building a World of Difference, is not confined to our offices and project sites. Our commitment to improving lives also extends into the communities where our professionals live and work.
On Tuesday July 17, 2012, Black & Veatch along with the University of Michigan and the City of Ann Arbor, will be hosting the American Solar Challenge, which will be starting a leg of the event here in Ann Arbor. The solar car teams will be rolling into our office parking lot in the early morning, in preparation for a start at approximately 9:30am. These teams will be topping off their solar charged batteries and getting their drivers ready for this leg of the race. The teams will start the race in the B&V Parking Lot and head into town, west on Plymouth Road, then north to Lansing and finally to the finish of this leg of the race in Kalamazoo.
For more information on the American Solar Challenge: http://americansolarchallenge.org
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