Energy Theft

Posted on October 23, 2013
From trash-lined alleys in Detroit to upscale West Bloomfield Township to the Upper Peninsula, energy theft is on the rise. More than $100 million worth of electrical power and natural gas is stolen each year, according to DTE Energy. The culprits are state property owners and landlords, and residents who just can’t pay their bills. Those of us who do pay our utility bills are the victims, since DTE Energy passes on the losses to ratepayers in the form of higher rates. Nationwide, utility... Read more

A Bit of “Electric” History

Posted on October 13, 2013
For hundreds of years electricity has fascinated many scientists. Around 600 B.C., Greek philosophers discovered that by rubbing amber against a cloth, lightweight objects would stick to it, in the same way that rubbing a balloon on a cloth makes the balloon stick to other objects. In 1600, William Gilbert, an English physician, physicist and natural philosopher, researched the effects of amber and magnets and subsequently wrote the theory of magnetism, which paved the way for the development... Read more

Wind Energy

Posted on October 9, 2013
While wind energy currently accounts for about 4% of the U.S. power sector, its potential is immense. Experts suggest that wind power can easily supply more than 20% of U.S. and world electricity. This is good news given that coal produces less than 40% of our power yet is responsible for 70% of the power sector’s greenhouse gas emissions. Here are just a few reasons to consider wind power as a source for electricity: Wind is a free, native fuel—Unlike other forms of electrical... Read more