Local Utilities Shun Coal, Promote Renewable Energy

Coal has become a dirty word to the four electric utilities that serve the pristine Grand Traverse region. Traverse City Light & Power, Cherryland Electric Cooperative, Great Lakes Energy Cooperative and Consumers Energy all are touting plans to reduce or eliminate their dependence on fossil fuel...

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...