capacity figures revised
regional transmission organization has revised downward its
projections for a generation capacity shortfall that has been at
the center of much of the state's energy debate for the past year.
Earlier this year the Midcontinent Independent System Operator
(MISO) projected that in 2016 and 2017 the ability of Zone 7, or
the Lower Peninsula, to meet its summer peak reserve margins would
be about 3000 MW short. A MISO survey of available capacity
conducted earlier this year has caused the organization to revise
its 2016 project to a 1700 MW surplus.
On July 19 staff for the Michigan Public Service Commission issued
a memorandum that echoed MISO's findings, saying that even if the
region falls short of having enough physical generation, that the
ability to import power from other regions within MISO could easily
provide enough access to power to meet summer reserve margins
The forecaster shortfall has been at the center of energy policy
debate in which some sectors, including regulated utilities, said
it was necessary to build new power plants to ensure reliable
service during times of peak demand, such as the hottest days of
here to read the PSC report.
Energy bills introduced
have begun in the Michigan senate on a pair of bills that
would dramatically change the electricity marketplace in the state.
SB 437 was
introduced by Sen. Mike Nofs (R-Battle Creek), chair of the Energy
and Technology Committee. It proposes to change how new power
plants would be approved by the PSC, and make changes to the
electric choice market by restricting access to those already
approved to buy from alternative energy suppliers and those on a
sponsored by Sen. John Proos (R-St. Joseph), majority vice
chair of the committee, would eliminate mandatory renewable
portfolio standards, alter then repeal energy efficiency standards,
and increase the size limitations and lower prices for owners of
distributed energy systems that provide power to the grid, such as
homes or business with small solar systems.
House bills were introduced last winter. They
would "plateau" the 10% RPS requirement until sunset
in 2029, end energy efficiency mandates and eliminate customer
of Michigan Biomass visited members of Congress in May as part of a
Capitol Hill fly-in with the Biomass Power Association. They are
Dustin Miller, Mid-Michigan Recycling; Gary Melow, Michigan
Biomass; David Dunbar, Cadillac Renewable Energy; and Mike Bean,
Grayling Generating Station
pledge $10B 'buy Michigan'
Energy Co. and DTE Energy have announced plans to spend $10 billion
with Michigan companies over the next five years.
a billion more than they plan to spend over the current five-year
Gov. Snyder joined the utility
executives in making the announcement at a Small Business
Administration event last week. Read more in MLive.
paper production capacity shrinks
has announced it’s closing a plant in Parchment in southwest
Michigan that makes paper food wrapping.
closure will idle 11 full time and 26 contract workers, and takes
the last papermaking operation out of southern Michigan.