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Michigan Senate Bill May Change Solar Energy Rates

The Michigan Senate is reviewing changes that would likely increase the electric bills for producers of solar energy, changing the calculus of the state’s net energy metering (NEM) policy. The essence of the bill changes… Read More >

The State of Fracking in Various States

Who controls the regulation of hydraulic fracturing, known informally as “fracking”? This notion is being challenged in Michigan and other locations, too. It appears that state law is preeminent in most matters of oil and… Read More >

Potential Spillage in the Straits?

The Straits of Mackinac, the narrow waterway that connects Lake Huron to Lake Michigan is home to unparalleled iconic Michigan beauty: vistas of the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, the Mackinac Bridge and treasured vacation getaways…. Read More >

United States of Energy (Part 3) – Solar

In our prior posts on this topic we described the remarkable increase in U.S. oil and natural gas production. Another area that isn’t getting as much press but shouldn’t be overlooked is the renewable energy… Read More >

The United States of Energy (Part 2): Concerns in Michigan and the Great Lakes

In a prior post we highlighted the recent energy boom in the U.S.  Like elsewhere, the increased attention to energy production has been felt here in Michigan but on a smaller scale. Earlier in 2013,… Read More >

The United States of Energy (Part 1)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or in a cave for the past year you’ve probably heard that U.S. oil and gas production is going strong. In fact, it’s going like gangbusters.  According to… Read More >


Can a property owner be forced to allow the removal of oil and gas from below the property?  In Michigan, the answer could be “yes”, regardless of whether the owner consents to it or not. … Read More >

Observations: MDEQ/DNR presentation on Oil and Gas production in Michigan

Last night (April 30th) I attended a public presentation in Troy on oil and gas production in Michigan put on by the DEQ and DNR. The presenters were Tom Hoane from the MDNR’s Mineral Management… Read More >

Congress Extends Wind Energy Tax Credit

     Late Wednesday night, President Obama signed a bill that, among other things, extended wind energy tax credits for one year.  The Wind Energy Production Tax Credit (“PTC”) and other related tax credits will… Read More >

Kalamazoo River Oil Spill – Two Years Later

Two years ago this week an oil pipeline owned by Canadian-based Enbridge oil company and operated by Enbridge Energy Partners ruptured spilling more than a million gallons of “dilbit” crude oil into the Kalamazoo River… Read More >