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Closure of Consumers Energy plant near Bay City marks end of era

J.C. Weadock plant

Stop to reflect on any number of experiences in your life, and coal most likely played a silent but essential role in it.

Coal has been the main source of fuel for power plants for as long as we’ve had them. These plants keep the lights on at schools, jobs, homes, weddings, hospitals.

On top of that, they’re really cool to look at.

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New pipeline to sit at Nexus of DTE’s far-flung operations

In the first quarter of next year, businesses and residents in Washtenaw, Lenawee and Monroe counties can expect to see construction begin on a pipeline that will bring natural gas from 250 miles away.

The Nexus pipeline is a joint-venture project between Detroit-based DTE Energy Co. and Houston-based Spectra Energy Corp., which are equally splitting the $2 billion project cost. Nexus will pipe natural gas sourced from Appalachian fracking fields in Ohio and Pennsylvania — part of the Marcellus and Utica shale basins that are among the country’s richest sources of natural gas.

Nexus will start in eastern Ohio, run across the Buckeye State and enter Michigan in Lenawee County before moving on to Monroe and Washtenaw counties. Fifty-five of the 250 miles will be in Michigan. 

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Implosion brings down ‘Mighty Marysville’ power plant

 The former DTE Energy Co. coal-fired power plant in Marysville fell Saturday morning as its 12 stories were imploded to make way for riverfront development.

The 300,000-square-foot plant on the banks of the St. Clair River carried the nickname the “Mighty Marysville.”

Check out this video of the implosion from the scene.

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Industrial kayaking: A journey through metro Detroit’s hard core

The Edwin H. Gott, docked at Zug Island
The Edwin H. Gott, docked at Zug Island, July 13, 2015

How many times have I driven over the Rouge River on I-94, looking northward at that long, unnaturally straight, excessively manhandled stretch of the river, and thought, “What the hell is going on with this? How would someone get down there?”

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Fundamentals of Investment: Michigan’s venture capital history

Michigan VC History -- Accelerate Michigan Advertorial(One of three promotional articles done for the Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition’s 5-Year Anniversary)

The existence of a competition like Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition is proof of sorts that Michigan’s venture capital community has come of age.

Any thriving regional venture scene is going to have a respected competition in its mix of offerings and assets, investors say.

Besides drawing publicity, the competitions also play a crucial role in the venture funding spectrum by offering very early-stage companies a chance to get capital. … (Full Ganglecom articles here – PDF)

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A $15B upgrade for utilities: New EPA rules stoke Consumers, DTE move to wind and gas

Aug. 4, 2014 -- Power Plants Cover

A $15 billion wave of energy infrastructure spending is headed to Michigan, so says the head of the state’s largest electric utility.

DTE Energy Co. CEO Gerry Anderson said the Environmental Protection Agency‘s recent carbon emissions proposal will usher in “the largest power sector renewal” the industry has seen since the oil shocks of the 1970s led utilities to move to coal and away from oil.

“This will be the biggest investment in power generation since that period,” he said.