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DTE, Consumers Say They Oppose Bill To Lift 1% Cap On Rooftop Solar

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DTE Energy and Consumers Energy say they want significant changes made to a rooftop solar bill.  

The bill would let any homeowner with solar panels get reimbursed for the excess energy they put on the grid. Right now, the cap is set at only 1%.  Consumers Energy has already reached that cap.

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Michigan officials have decided to allow solar panels for larger commercial solar arrays to be built on more farmland around the state.

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Michigan residents support a transition from coal-fired energy to more solar and wind powered electricity, a new Michigan State University research report finds.

Public support of natural gas-generated electricity was more mixed, says MSU College of Engineering researchers who queried Michigan residents through a combination of interviews, focus group and general public attitudes.  


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Plans are in the works for a roughly $250 million solar farm in mid-Michigan.

Consumers Energy

Consumers Energy plans to become more environmentally friendly – while keeping customer bills stable. Capital Correspondent Cheyna Roth has more.


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A subsidiary of CMS Energy Corp. is buying a solar power project that's under construction in the Lansing area.

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A new solar power project in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula is expected to be online in the first week in October.

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Huron County is developing a solar energy ordinance after a renewable energy company said it wants to build about a dozen solar farms in the area.

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Michigan might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think about clear, sunny skies.  Still, our state is fostering a growing solar industry.  The new energy reform package signed into law last month by Governor Rick Snyder calls for more aggressive renewable energy production targets, including from solar power.

A public-private partnership in mid-Michigan is trying to capitalize on this trend by building a solar park in East Lansing.


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A leading environmental group says it's pleased with the latest overhaul of Michigan's energy policy.