For Friday, May 25, 2017
1- Michigan’s two largest utilities have announced plans to increase their commitments to renewable energy.
They say it’s based on a continued transition away from coal and in response to customer demand.
According to Midwest Energy News, DTE Energy says it will add 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy from wind and solar, and retire all of its coal power plants by about 2040. At that time, DTE says 60 percent of its portfolio will come from wind, solar and nuclear, and the remainder will come from natural gas.
Consumers Energy has applied for a tariff with state regulators to allow large commercial customers to purchase generation from new renewable energy projects. Consumers says the three-year, voluntary pilot program is in response to growing demand from corporations for renewable energy.
2 – A fish finding tool has been updated.
The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer features more than 40 streams that represent a range of conditions in terms of stream size, temperature and Great Lakes access.
The focus is on streams with long-term data and naturally reproducing populations of trout, salmon and bass that provide users with information on self-sustaining fish populations around the state.
The Michigan Department of Natural Resources launched the app in 2014.
Officials say it’s useful for fishery managers, anglers, conservation groups, and the public.
The Stream Fish Population Trend Viewer can be found at mcgi.state.mi.us/fishpop/#.
3 – The Saginaw Basin Land Conservancy seeks volunteers for a Pollinator Project in Saginaw.
This year, the conservancy plans to turn vacant lots on 50 sites into natural spaces.
The plan is to replace trash, old tires, and overgrown weeds on vacant lots with native wildflowers and prairie grasses. When converted, the lots will only need to be mowed once every few years.
Leaders say the project will reduce the burden of local government for maintenance and improve the visual condition of neighborhoods throughout the city.
The conservancy plans to start the work in coming weeks. Anyone interested in volunteering can call the conservancy at (989) 891-9986.