- 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."
Monroe County Community College and DTE Energy working together to generate renewable energy
- Dave Nixon talks with Kirk Heinze
By Caitlin Cox
In partnership with DTE, MCCC opened a solar energy production facility. The installation was last fall and the facility is already producing energy.
The partnership then developed into a nationally accredited curriculum and a 2 year associate degree program at Monroe County Community College due in part to DTE’s demand for nuclear techs.
“The program is providing an economic advantage for our students,” says Nixon. “Jobs here in Michigan and in other parts of the country are increasingly available to people with nuclear tech training.”
The demand for people well trained in nuclear technology is growing despite the reluctance among some for developing more nuclear power plants in the United States.
“People look at Japan and are skeptical about the negative effects of nuclear energy. We have a great interest in training students to take all necessary safety precautions," says Nixon.
Nixon says lessons learned from Japan have driven safety training and precautions and that we're better prepared to secure the future of nuclear plants.
“Students are first to know that based on all the data available out there, nuclear is going to be the longest lasting way of producing energy without using fossil fuels and also the cleanest.”
Graduates from the nuclear technology program have job opportunities due to the demand for highly trained and skilled techs. Nixon says nuclear energy is expected to move forward and there will be higher levels of regulations for jobs in the industry.
“Everything we do is about jobs for the future - the electrification of cars is going to create thousands of jobs over the next five to 10 years. And Monroe County Community College wants to be on the forefront of the expansion”