Tom Hess has worked with many companies during his 28-year career as an environmental inspector.
In many cases, Hess has experienced clients who tolerate his environmental recommendations, or do only what’s required — often with pressure.
Thus, Hess wasn’t sure what to expect when he proposed spending extra money to restore construction areas on a major natural gas pipeline project for Michigan-based Consumers Energy. He suggested using seed mix containing native grasses and wildflowers to attract bees, butterflies and other pollinators losing habitat across the country.
"I cannot overstate the significance of this news."
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Consumers Energy announced this week that it is seizing a once-in-a-generation opportunity to reshape Michigan’s energy future. The energy provider is filing a Clean Energy Plan with Michigan regulators that outlines the path to using zero coal while ensuring affordable and reliable energy for Michigan’s families and businesses. The Clean Energy Plan details how the company will meet the state’s energy needs with increased use of energy efficiency and significantly more renewable energy.
In a first in the US, a company has entered into a syndicated sustainability-linked revolving loan. CMS Energy and its subsidiary, Consumers Energy, have entered into $1.4 billion revolving credit facilities from Barclays, the sole Sustainability Structuring Agent on the loan. This means that CMS can reduce its interest rate on the new credit by meeting targets related to environmental responsibility, CMS says. Sustainability-linked loans are products that allow issuers to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability, according to Barclays.
JACKSON, Mich., June 7, 2018 /3BL Media/ – CMS Energy and its primary subsidiary, Consumers Energy (collectively “CMS”), announced they have entered the first syndicated sustainability-linked revolving credit facilities for a U.S. borrower.
The aggregate $1.4 billion of new credit facilities allow CMS to reduce its interest rate by meeting targets related to environmental sustainability, specifically renewable energy generation.
Overall Winner, People's Choice to be announced during ArtPrize 10 this fall
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., May 31, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Organizers have announced the 10 finalists out of nearly 50 entries from Grand Rapids Public Schools student artists who will have their energy-related art work highlighted during this fall’s ArtPrize competition through collaboration with the school district and Consumers Energy.