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How crop waste could become carbon-negative energy

biochar 460Researchers at Iowa State University are trying to determine whether crop residue could pay off in three ways: as a source of biofuel, as a soil enhancer, and as a long-term sink for carbon dioxide.

Michigan wind developer faces lawsuit over U.P. project

Construction of the Garden Wind Farm in Michigan in 2012. (Photo via Heritage Renewable Energy)In a small community on the southern coast of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, a 28 MW wind farm remains a focus of dispute among landowners, some of whom are bringing the developer into yet another lawsuit over claims about noise.

Missouri utility plans to back off from its efficiency efforts

Just three years after it began offering rebates to customers for investing in certain energy-efficiency improvements, a Missouri utility is proposing to throttle back on its efforts.

Will Michigan’s energy plan rely too heavily on natural gas?

Crews install a natural gas pipeline for Consumers Energy near Coldwater, Michigan in July. (Photo by Consumers Energy via Creative Commons)In March, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder plans to make a major statewide energy policy announcement, and advocates are concerned it will be overly focused on natural gas.