“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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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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What If We Can’t Wait? Public-Private Partnership Solutions for Infrastructure

The RTA is planning on returning in 2022– again- to revisit a ballot measure to fund regional infrastructure investment in Southeast Michigan. Can we wait for 2022? Should we explore alternatives in the meantime?

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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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Facing A Crisis of COVID, Evictions, and Utility Shutoffs

COVID19 is exposing a particularly ugly nexus between energy insecurity and housing insecurity, referred to in a few separate presentations at a recent workgroup meeting of the Michigan Public Service Commission.

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Gretchen Whitmer: When We Say “Mobility,” We Really Mean “Cars”

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s Council on Future Mobility is not about mobility, it’s about cars. That’s got to change if we’re serious about decarbonizing transportation– or building an equitable future of any kind.

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Transportation Bonanza 11: The Rural, The Urban, And The MDOT

Nat takes a snowy Thursday trip to the capital to attend the Transportation Bonanza in Lansing with other planners, engineers, and nerds.

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It’s Not Infrastructure If It’s Just Roads

I spoke with Brian Calley on proposals to fix the damn roads– and to understand whether Republicans might consider transit a good complement.

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YouLam No. 2 – February 2020

Happy February. It is Black History Month! It’s also Leap Year, which means we have the opportunity to enjoy 3.6%

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