TC Powers Up: Local energy companies continue to innovate

From using the sun to making buildings more energy-efficient, several area companies are finding ways to decrease their clients’ utility bills and help the planet at the same time. Here we profile some local firms, showcasing what they are doing, why they are doing it and...

Solar Express: Businesses, utilities lead the solar charge

The ever-increasing demand for renewable sources of energy, combined with growing interest in local power generation, has made for some key developments in northern Michigan’s solar industry this year. Whether its consumers investing in residential systems, businesses installing large solar arrays or utilities figuring out...

Cheap Oil and Gas Comes at a High Price

Good news at the gas pump is mostly bad news for the Northern Michigan oil and gas industry. Fill up at a Grand Traverse area station today, and you’ll pay from $2.11 to $2.20 per gallon. Adjusted for inflation, that is roughly on a par with...

The Great Electric Debate

Plant shutdowns, energy choice, renewables – What does the future hold for Michigan energy? Few issues are more complex – and more important to northern Michigan businesses – than the generation and delivery of electric energy. Lawmakers periodically have enacted sweeping changes in state energy policy, and...

Latest Pairing: Wine & Renewable Energy

Three local vineyards are proving that the 8,000-year-old art of winemaking can co-exist happily alongside new environmentally-friendly, cost-saving technologies. Chateau Chantal on the Old Mission Peninsula and Brengman Brothers/Crain Hill Vineyards across the bay in Leelanau County are going big with harnessing solar power. Meanwhile, the...

A Win-Win For Homeowners

TC Saves loan program comes to a close; more than 20 percent of city homeowners have participated in the energy assessment program so far.A residential energy savings program that has helped 550 Traverse City homeowners conserve energy and reduce heating bills while providing jobs for...

Algae Powers New Fuel

TC ship part of nation's defense, transportation studyTRAVERSE CITY - An algae-based renewable fuel may someday power Navy ships and commercial maritime vessels. If so, Traverse City and its Great Lakes waters will have played a critical role in its development. This...

Windmill Update: Farming Wind in Benzie & Manistee

REGION - North Carolina-based Duke Energy still hopes to construct a large-scale commercial wind farm in Benzie and Manistee counties. But as it moves forward with its plans, it is refocusing its 2012 efforts on just two of the four townships identified in the original...

Business Owners Start YouTube Channel to Fight Electric Monopoly

MICHIGAN - Business owners around the state are speaking out about the effects of electric monopolies on a new YouTube channel. A series of videos - featuring business owners forced to purchase their electricity from Consumers and DTE, alternate energy providers and...