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New partnership to support electric vehicles in Ann Arbor

At the Sept. 15 City Council meeting, Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje presented a proclamation in support of National Drive Electric Week...

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Candidate Education 2014

Pedaling from Grand Rapids to Chicago to benefit the Ecology Center

A team led by Ecology Center staff member Kate Harris will be pedaling from Grand Rapids to Chicago early next month, raising money every mile of the way.

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Health Professional Sign-on Letter to Regulate Carbon Emissions

The Ecology Center has partnered with organizations from across the Midwest region in order to encourage and demonstrate support for regulating carbon emissions from existing power plants.

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Snyder fails to deliver on energy policy

Environmental groups across the state, including the Ecology Center, panned Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's comments about energy policy during his state of the state address in January.

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Developing innovative financing programs

The Ecology Center works to launch and/or promote programs that help property-owners fund energy efficiency and renewable energy upgrades. One such program is PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy). We help cities and counties set up districts to administer PACE programs across Michigan.

Local 'Community Solar' Projects

'Community Solar' is a way for groups of people or businesses to purchase shares in a renewable energy system not located on their property. This allows increased investment in solar because it opens up options for those with site issues (too shady, wrong orientation, etc.) or those who do not own their property. It also helps overcome the high cost of installing a full solar energy system. Ann Arbor's Climate Action Plan encourages these types of projects, but public utilities like DTE are only allowed to offer community solar programs as pilot projects when approved by the Michigan Public Service Commission. The Ecology Center is helping establish these pilot projects and working to remove barriers to community solar projects.