Independent power producers say recent rulings by Michigan regulators provide short-term development opportunities but also more uncertainty in the coming years as they negotiate contracts with a major utility.
Michigan officials have spent the past year pursuing a plan to tunnel an oil pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac while ignoring the 182-year-old treaty rights of Native Americans, multiple tribal leaders say.
Consumers Energy says its announced shift from coal to solar would be compromised without changes to PURPA rates.
The Ludington Pumped Storage Plant along Lake Michigan could play a bigger role on the grid as utilities use more variable renewables.
As DTE Energy prepares the site for a new $1 billion natural gas power plant near Detroit, several questions remain for the contested project.