Michigan's Energy Office is hosting a forum and panel discussions on electric vehicles.

The event is scheduled Wednesday at the Michigan Agency for Energy in Lansing. It will include a ride-and-drive of several electric vehicle models and a workplace charging demonstration.

Panelists will talk about electric vehicle fleets and electric vehicle use by the public. Organizations also will share their experiences with electric vehicle fleets and charging.

The forum is sponsored by Midwest EVOLVE and Greater Lansing Area Clean Cities.

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The world is experiencing a new industrial transformation. A new report by the Michigan Economic Center says the state is positioned to grow hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of new jobs. WGVU talks with the report’s lead author about how Michigan can be a leader in emerging sectors.

“We benefited and helped lead one economic transformation, the great industrial economy.”

John Austin is Director of the Michigan Economic Center and lead author of a new report, “Jobs, Michigan, and Leadership in the Economy of Tomorrow”

The Lansing Board of Water & Light plans to build a $500 million natural gas-fired power plant at the site of a coal-fired power plant as part of its effort to reduce dependence on coal. The Lansing State Journal reports construction of the new plant at the site of the Erickson Power Plant in Eaton County's Delta Township will create 1,200 temporary jobs. The project is expected to finish by 2021.

Tomorrow is National Cut Your Energy Costs Day.  Experts from DTE Energy join us to talk about it.

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Officials say nearly two dozen security workers at Palisades nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan are on paid leave after inconsistencies in fire inspection records were found.

Plant spokeswoman Val Gent tells The Herald-Palladium of St. Joseph New Orleans-based Entergy Corp. placed the workers on leave while it investigates the allegations.

One of the workers' duties is to do routine checks to look for any possible signs of fire.

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With Consumers Energy’s first large-scale community solar garden up and running in western Michigan and a second on the way, the utility’s move to clean energy could also be seen as a test of what the market will bear. 

"It’s really an interesting time because we just closed seven coal plants that we operate last week, and now this project is in business."

That’s Brian Wheeler, a Consumers Energy spokesperson.

Consumers Energy says the B.C. Cobb power plant in Muskegon is shutting down Friday after it burns the last of its coal that's on site.

The utility's spokesman Roger Morgenstern tells The Muskegon Chronicle there's "not much coal on the pile" after its last shipment in November.

Jackson-based CMS Energy Corp.'s Consumers Energy unit said last month it was on track to close its seven oldest Michigan coal-fired plants this spring, including B.C. Cobb units 4 and 5.

The seven plants are capable of generating nearly 1,000 megawatts of electricity.

Michigan State University is no longer burning coal at the power plant on its East Lansing campus.

The school is now using only natural gas and says Tuesday that all of its remaining coal reserves have been burned at the T.B. Simon Power Plant, which generates steam for heating and electrical power.

Emissions from the plant are expected to be reduced by about 32 percent.

The move is part of the university's Energy Transition Plan which provides a framework for Michigan State's energy decisions.

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We talk about True North Community Services, a nonprofit organization providing programs to 64 rural Michigan counties to ensure clients achieve their highest potential, including heat/energy and housing services. Darci David and Mark Kraus are our guests.

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A new commission would make recommendations on how Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed $165 million for infrastructure fixes might be spent.

Snyder signed an executive order Thursday to create the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission.

His office says that if the Legislature approves his budget proposal, the commission would help determine how some money is spent on transportation, water, sewer, energy, and communications infrastructure.

Snyder announced plans to create the commission during his State of the State address in January.