For Friday, June 3, 2016 –[audio https://dl.dropbox.com/s/md2k740gy9g9fxe/6-3-16-mr-great-lakes-fish-energy-badaxe.mp3]
1 – Four state fisheries research vessels are back on the water, beginning annual surveys of Great Lakes fish populations.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources says surveys conducted by the vessels are designed to examine and collect information on all aspects of the state’s Great Lakes fish community.
The vessels work throughout the Great Lakes on a wide variety of assessments and evaluations. Operations will continue into November.
On Lake Huron, the work is conducted by the Research Vessel Tanner
Chinook. The vessel focuses work on specific assessments of lake trout and walleye populations, as well as broader assessments in Saginaw Bay and the St. Marys River that evaluate fish community changes.
The Saginaw Bay evaluations are conducted jointly with the Research Vessel Channel Cat, which is based in Lake St. Clair at the Fisheries Research Station in Harrison Township.
2- Michigan consumers are benefiting from an abundant production and supply of natural gas, crude oil and petroleum products.
This is resulting in decreased prices across the board, according to a new state energy appraisal.
This summer, residents should enjoy dramatically lower prices at the pump.
Gas prices are about 13 percent lower than last year, officials say, along with the price of natural gas.
Officials say successful energy waste reduction efforts are noticeable in electricity demand.
Baseline usage is expected to decrease by 0.9 percent, despite a rise in economic activity and slightly increased usage by the industrial sector.
The state energy appraisal comes from the Michigan Public Service Commission.
- Via the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association
3 – An old building Bad Axe has been renewed.
The Huron Renewable Energy Center was opened recently by DTE Energy, bringing 25 jobs to the Thumb.
The facility was vacant for two years and is a former Normans Warehouse and the site of the M-53 Drive-In Theater, which opened in 1952.
The newly-renovated center includes offices, garage facilities, warehousing and a maintenance shop area.
The facility also has an unfinished 3,000 square-foot space.
DTE plans to develop the space to serve as an area for renewable energy education and the hosting wind park tours, meetings and other community activities.
Plans are expected to be finalized this year, with completion of the space in 2017.
– Mr. Great Lakes is heard at 9 a.m. Fridays in Bay City, Michigan, on Delta College Q-90.1 FM NPR.