New grants promote Michigan beers, ciders, wines and spirits

The Michigan Craft Beverage Council handed out more than $400,000 for research projects to benefit the state’s wine, beer, cider and distilling industry. Projects include the effects of climate change on crops, pest and disease management, and development of new varieties of hops, barley, fruits and
rye for use in brewing.

Churches see the (solar) light

Interest in powering Catholic parishes, schools and missions with the sun is surging in the wake of a large solar deal recently announced in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C.

Fix little leaks, save big money

Michigan’s energy waste reduction programs have saved customers nearly $1.1 billion in utility costs. Experts say that the state’s program is among the better ones in the Midwest, but lags national leaders.