on the air
Grayling Generating Station got air time in October
on the Northern Focus radio show with Blarneystone Broadcasting's
Q100.3 FM in Grayling.
Power plant manager Keith Welcher joined Tim Neff from AJD Forest
Products, and Gary Melow, director of Michigan Biomass, to share
with listeners the story of how biomass power generation directly
impacts Crawford Co. and the surrounding area.
The 17-minute segment can be heard at Q100.3 podcasts. Pick the Oct. 14
edition and fast forward to the 15:48 mark.
The program was a highlight of National Bioenergy Day on October 19
that included nationwide events to promote the beneficial roles
biomass plays in the U.S. energy mix.
biomass plant sold
L'Anse Warden Electric, a biomass plant in Baraga
County, has been sold to a Wisconsin energy company.
Convergen Energy, formerly known
as Greenwood Fuels, bought the facility from Traxys Energy Group
for an undisclosed sum, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
LWE is an 18-megawatt plant that uses wood, railroad ties and
tire-derived fuel to generate electricity and thermal energy. It
recently received a renewed operating permit from the Michigan
Department of Environmental Quality after a process of hearings and
emission stack tests.
leave Senate, calls on MISO plan
A pair of energy reform bills were voted out of the
Michigan Senate on Nov. 10. The bills still have to make it
through the house, where their future is less clear.
If enacted, SB 437 would create an
integrated resource planning process (IRP) to direct
decision-makers to the "most" reasonable and prudent
outcomes to ensure an affordable and reliable power supply for
Michigan consumers. It ensures generators with 225 MW of capacity
have standing in the process so all generation, transmission,
distribution and energy efficiency options are considered.
Key changes the bills would effect include increasing the renewable
portfolio standard from 10% to 15% percent, but ending in 2021 and
being replaced by a 35% voluntary, combined renewable/efficiency
"goal" by 2025.
SB 438 grandfathers current net
metering customers, typically solar panels, for up to 10 years,
while new systems would qualify as "distributed energy"
systems in a new program, which has a different rate structure that
includes a "grid charge" to recovered certain fixed costs
from those customers.
The 10% customer choice cap remains with some modifications, and
the bill puts capacity and resource adequacy requirements on
alternative energy suppliers.Those provisions, at the center of the
customer choice discussions, depend on Federal Energy Regulatory
Commission (FERC) approval of a plan from the Mid-Continent
Independent System Operator (MISO) that sets up a new capacity
MISO filed its forward resource auction (FRA)
plan with the FERC earlier this month. It would allow
regulators in competitive electric markets like Michigan to opt out
of the FRA and establish its own capacity pricing system.
If enacted, SB 437 would adopt that plan for how Michigan will
require its electrical providers meet their capacity reliability
requirements. The new plan has a three-year planning horizon
as compared to the current one-year program where electric
providers can buy generation capacity to meet their reliability
Get the details at MISO