The Future Is Electric. Mostly. But It’s Complicated.

Decarbonization is the buzzword du jour in the sustainability movement. Will it make everything more expensive? Maybe– but there are a few caveats to that.

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Solar Power and EV’s, If Your Local Grid Is Up For The Challenge

Power grids are complex things. Understanding the local grid capacity– as visualized by one mapping tool- can help us plan for things like rooftop solar or electric vehicle adoption.

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Consumers Energy: Bests DTE And Even Saves Endangered Turtles

Endangered turtles return to restored wetlands along a new fossil gas pipeline that cuts through mid-Michigan.

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Time-Of-Use Pricing Is Coming. Here’s How To Make Sure You’re Ready.

Time-of-use pricing is (most likely) coming to a utility near you, if it hasn’t arrived already. Here’s what you need to know.

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“Electrification Is Not Enough For Decarbonization” – Consumers Energy

A new workgroup seeks to address some questions about the future of infrastructure in a state that continues to lag in regulatory and technical innovation.

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Centralization: Economy of Scale? Looming Disaster? Lil Bit of Both?

Streetcars, gas and water pipes, power lines, and other “invisible networks,” to borrow a line from the title of Ann Durkin Keating’s book, make up a vibrant history of infrastructure in which centralization vs. decentralization is a big debate.

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Sidebar: What Actually Happens To Those Overdue Water Bills?

A followup to the Dennis Kefallinos article with a response from the Water Department on why the delinquent property owner has been allowed to rack up several hundred thousand dollars in delinquent bills. The response may have opened up more questions than it answered.

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Debt or Asset? How Utility Shutoffs Are About To Be A Big Problem.

Springtime and mounting debt related to COVID19 means utility shutoffs are coming. At least probably. Here are some ideas for how we can fix our broken systems for utility billing– and how we subsidize utilities through programs like LIHEAP without actually moving the needle on energy poverty.

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BUILD GREEN Act Charges Forward With Electric Transit. Is It The Right Move?

Public utilities are apprehensive about vehicle electrification because it’ll require a huge amount of investment in grid infrastructure. A new legislative proposal to electrify transit systems might make this a bit easier by delivering a big economy of scale.

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