This is an edited version of ENERGY TIDBITS which is a monthly newsletter from the state
To subscribe, contact firstname.lastname@example.org It is a great resource. I edited out a lot of conference information, state policies, and other important but not exciting things.
ENERGY TIDBITS – April 2009
First Conservation Day at Okemos High School led by a group of 14 students called the Alternative Energy and Sustainability Initiative resulted in a 30% reduction in energy use. The students asked other students and staff members to make changes such as turning off TV’s and lights, unplugging personal appliances, turning off computers, and posting assignments online instead of printing them.
Crematorium in the Swedish town of Halmstad, which has been criticized for its heavy pollution, has announced plans to use the waste heat from its body-burning operations to heat its own facilities and eventually also heat other buildings in town.
4th Annual Earth Day Expo will be in downtown Rochester on Sat. & Sun., April 18th & 19th. The Expo is moving to Main Street and will offer many fun, informative, & earth-friendly activities including: 150+ green & wellness exhibits, presentations, food, farmer’s market, kids’ corner, films, entertainment, prizes, sustainability tours, free yoga and massage, and a community-building Connections Cafe. There is no charge. http://www.earthdayexpo.org
Solar-Powered Parking Meters have been ordered by the Ann Arbor Downtown Development Authority. The DDA ordered 25 solar meters and expects to install them on Main, Liberty and State streets as the first test phase before replacing all of downtown’s 1,500 parking meters.
2nd Annual Michigan Energy Conference will be held at Ferris State on April 16-17.
Guest speakers include Paul Proudfoot, MPSC, Jeff Goody, Vestas, Bill Harper, Chevron Energy Solutions, Michele Buckler, FTC&H, Stephen Hamstra, GMB Architects Engineers, and Dan Radomski, NextEnergy. http://www.ferris.edu/mec
Ann Arbor’s 2009 Earth Day Festival will be Sunday, April 26, 12:00 – 4:00 pm at the Leslie Science & Nature Center. Youth-oriented educational displays, art projects, live animal programs, and experiments will all be part of the fun. The All Species Parade is a chance for area children to dress up as their favorite animal or plant. http://www.a2earthday.org
AT&T has announced plans to invest up to $565 million as part of a long-term strategy to deploy more than 15,000 alternative-fuel vehicles over the next 10 years. AT&T expects to spend an estimated $350 million to purchase about 8,000 Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles and approximately $215 million to begin replacing its passenger cars.
DTE Energy has filed with the MPSC to add 1,200 MW’s of renewable energy and establish energy efficiency programs. Last October, the Michigan legislature passed a law calling for the state’s electric utilities to serve 10% of their retail sales with renewable energy by 2015. To meet the goal, DTE has proposed to build 1,200 MW of renewable energy and contract with third-party producers for the rest. DTE expects the majority of its renewable energy to come from wind resources, with a small portion – about 20 MW – coming from two solar energy pilot projects. DTE has acquired easements on more than 50,000 acres of land in Huron County for development of a wind farm.
Manure from 1.3 million turkeys will provide energy to run Sietsema Farm Feeds. When fired up in August, it will be the world’s first biomass-powered turbine engine designed to produce electricity. See Manure into Power for the full story
Mt. Carmel Cemetery is the first cemetery in Michigan and the first Catholic cemetery in the US, to receive Green Burial Council certification to offer green burials. This twelve-and-half acre cemetery, located in the heart of Wyandotte, will initially dedicate a half acre for burial without embalming or vaults. Caskets in the green burial section must be bio-degradable and families will have the option to substitute shrouds as well. Native Michigan landscaping will set the green burial section apart. http://www.greenburialcouncil.org