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DTE plans to shut down 8 coal-fired units at 3 plants

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DETROIT (AP) — DTE Energy Co. plans to shut down eight coal-fired units at three power plants in Michigan within the next seven years. The Detroit-based utility announced Wednesday the units being retired between 2020 and 2023 are at the River Rouge facility in the Detroit area, the St. Clair facility in St. Clair County’s East China Township and the ...

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Construction starts on southwestern Michigan solar project

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WATERVLIET TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — Construction is starting on an Indiana Michigan Power solar power project in southwestern Michigan. The utility says an estimated 50,000 solar panels are planned for a 35-acre site in Berrien County’s Watervliet Township. A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled Wednesday afternoon. Plans call for it to generate enough electricity to power about 650 homes annually. Local ...

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Wildlife group sues US over Enbridge oil pipeline in Michigan

DETROIT (AP) — An environmental group is accusing the federal government of misjudging an emergency response plan for a major oil pipeline that runs through Michigan. The National Wildlife Federation filed a lawsuit Monday against a pipeline safety agency, saying the government in 2013 failed to account for impacts on wildlife, plants, and Great Lakes shore if Line 5 ruptures. ...

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Utility plans $225M in Michigan natural gas system upgrades

Utility plans $225M in Michigan natural gas system upgrades

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy plans to spend nearly $225 million this year to upgrade its Michigan natural gas system. The unit of Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp. says Monday work includes infrastructure replacement projects; upgrades to compressor and pressure regulation facilities; and upgrades to accommodate new business and residential customers. The utility says $75 million will be spent to ...

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Michigan wants risk analysis about St Clair River pipelines

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MARYSVILLE, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan wants the federal government to request a comprehensive risk analysis about several pipelines under the St. Clair River. The request was included in the state’s comments announced Thursday about proposed issuance of a presidential permit to Plains LPG Services that officials say could allow two St. Clair River pipelines built in 1918 ...

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Power plant near Bay City opens for tours before closing

Power plant near Bay City opens for tours before closing

HAMPTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — A coal-fired power plant near Bay City is opening up for tours before it closes in April after generating energy for more than 75 years. There’s a media tour Friday of the J.C. Weadock plant in Bay County’s Hampton Township. Members of the public are expected to tour the facility on Saturday. Advance registration was ...

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Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

Canada delays decision on nuclear waste burial near Lake Huron

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — The Canadian government on Thursday delayed for a second time a ruling on whether waste from nuclear power plants can be permanently stored underground less than a mile from Lake Huron, a proposal that has drawn fierce opposition on both sides of the border. Environment and Climate Change Minister Catherine McKenna had been scheduled to ...

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Drivers benefit from low gas prices

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Oil prices recovered slightly Monday, as the price of U.S. crude rose to $29.65 a barrel after previously hitting $28.36. While low prices have caused producers to struggle, the resulting low gas prices have been a boon to motorists. Texas Gas Prices lists the average price of gas in Texas at $1.67 per gallon. On Monday, a Conoco station in ...

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Extra state police patrols coming to Michigan highways over Thanksgiving holiday

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LANSING, Mich. — Extra state police patrols are coming to Michigan roads and highways over the Thanksgiving holiday period. Troopers on Wednesday will start high-visibility enforcement that will focus on impaired driving, seat belt use, careless driving and speeding. The annual crackdown runs through Sunday. Officials say Thanksgiving is Michigan’s second deadliest holiday in terms of traffic crashes. Six people ...

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Anti-fracking group falls short in signatures for ballot

A group looking to get a ban on hydraulic fracturing on the 2016 ballot has fallen well short in gathering the necessary signatures to put the issue before voters. The Committee to Ban Fracking in Michigan announced Wednesday that they gathered 150,000 signatures in the last six months, but they needed 252,523 to qualify for the ballot. “We had a ...

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