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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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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MPSC December Meeting: Neighborhood-Level Equity and Energy

Dr. Tony G. Reames of the University of Michigan, Briana Parker of Elevate Energy, and others presented at an MPSC meeting on some approaches to the question of equity in energy efficiency for low-income communities and communities of color.

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Travels and Travails in the Downriver Smog

US Steel’s closure of its two Downriver plants raise the question of the future of the polluted areas around the x217 and x219 ZIP codes.

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The Red-Blooded, Gas-Fired Future of Midwestern Energy

I attended a forum on DTE’s Integrated Resource Plan Tuesday. The state’s public service commission, an entity that seems to

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Highlighting Detroit’s Sustainable Community Development Projects

  “We often hear about how it’s great to get like-minded people together in the same place,” one USGBC-DRC member

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