Co-op Energy Talk
S5E7 - You, Me, And The MPSC

S5E7 - You, Me, And The MPSC

July 17, 2019

Come on, we've all done it: sat on a beach, sipping a cool beverage, and wondered what was going on with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) that day. The MPSC regulates utilities in order to ensure safe, reliable, and accessible energy at reasonable rates for Michigan residents. Listen in as we discuss the MPSC and Michigan's energy future with the newest MPSC commissioner, Dan Scripps.

S5E6 - Habitat Partnership Brings Home Repair Program To Life

S5E6 - Habitat Partnership Brings Home Repair Program To Life

June 21, 2019

In June, Cherryland announced that it is making a three-year commitment of $100,000 annually to Habitat for Humanity–Grand Traverse Region to fund a program aimed at repairing low-income homes in need of weatherization improvements in the Grand Traverse region. Listen in as we discuss this partnership with Habitat for Humanity's executive director, Wendy Irvin, and project manager, Nathan Kalchik.

Cherryland members that are interested in participating in the Priority Home Repair program can learn more on Habitat for Humanity – Grand Traverse Region’s website.

S5E5 - The Carbon Game Plan

S5E5 - The Carbon Game Plan

May 29, 2019

With climate change as a priority for candidates in upcoming elections, a whole slew of carbon proposals are being thrown out there, including the Green New Deal, Evergreen Economy Plan, a carbon tax, etc. Do one of these game plans offer a realistic way to cross the goal line? Listen in as we discuss the challenges facing decarbonization and how these proposals hope to bring solutions.

S5E4 - Cherryland Meets Great Lakes Stainless

S5E4 - Cherryland Meets Great Lakes Stainless

April 15, 2019

Who doesn't love a good crossover episode? In this special episode, we share the mics with the guys from Mirror Finish, Great Lakes Stainless's podcast, to learn about each other's businesses, talk about energy, and have a little bit of fun.

S5E3 - Electrical Tape, Virtual Reality, & A Skunk – The Jim Carpenter Story

S5E3 - Electrical Tape, Virtual Reality, & A Skunk – The Jim Carpenter Story

March 28, 2019

Cherryland's Jim Carpenter is not just a line superintendent. He's a singer, whittler, guitar player, runner, and outdoorsman; a real renaissance man. After 39 years of service, the co-op's renaissance man is retiring. Listen in as we sit down with Jim and discuss his nearly four-decade long career at Cherryland.

S5E2 - One-stop Shop For Diverse Power Supply

S5E2 - One-stop Shop For Diverse Power Supply

February 22, 2019

You know by now that Cherryland has a diverse power supply portfolio, courtesy of our power supplier, Wolverine Power Cooperative. But did you know that we are contractually obligated to purchase ALL of our power from Wolverine? Listen in as we sit down with Eric Baker, President & CEO of Wolverine, to discuss this contract and what it means for members of Cherryland.

S5E1 - Renewables—Go Big Or Go Home

S5E1 - Renewables—Go Big Or Go Home

January 29, 2019

While big renewable energy goals are nice, how are we going to achieve them? Utilities are facing increasing pressure to incentivize local, distributed renewable energy (e.g. small, rooftop systems) that benefit the individual over utility-scale renewable energy systems that benefit the many. How are we going to reach our goals by going small? Listen in as we discuss why going big with renewables is better and the barriers we face trying to get there.

S4E12 - Electrifying The Auto Industry

S4E12 - Electrifying The Auto Industry

December 11, 2018

From Tesla to Hyundai to Chevrolet, it seems more electric vehicles are sprouting up in the marketplace every day. But big questions still remain: When will there be an affordable all-wheel drive EV or all-electric pickup truck? Will the EV tax credit stick around? Is there a future where EVs dominate the roadway? Listen in as we sit down with Bill Marsh Jr., co-owner of the Bill Marsh Automotive Group, to discuss the "electrification" of the auto industry.

 

S4E11 - Election’s Over! What Now?

S4E11 - Election’s Over! What Now?

November 12, 2018

Rejoice, the midterm election is over! What happens now? Listen in as we sit down with Kent Wood, Director of Government Relations for the Traverse City Chamber of Commerce, to discuss the election results and what it means for Michigan going forward.

S4E10 - “That Would Never Happen To Me”

S4E10 - “That Would Never Happen To Me”

October 18, 2018

While employed with a natural gas pipeline company, Brad Livingston was involved in a potentially life-ending incident 27 years ago. Today, Brad travels the country recounting this day and discussing how the actions that led to his injuries have affected him and his loved ones every day since. Listen in as we talk with Brad and hear his story.

Learn more about Brad Livingston and his safety message at www.bradlivingston.com.