Co-op Energy Talk
S6E1 - Gemini Solar Project

S6E1 - Gemini Solar Project

January 22, 2020

They say, "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas." Well, it would be hard to hide the Gemini Solar Project, a 690 MW solar array (with 380 MW of lithium-ion storage) soon to be built just outside of the famous Nevada city. Listen in as we discuss the details of this historic project and its impact.

Do you have feedback? Email us at pr@cherrylandelectric.coop.

S5E11 - A Gubernatorial-Sized Ask For Rural Michigan

S5E11 - A Gubernatorial-Sized Ask For Rural Michigan

December 23, 2019

Of Michigan's 83 counties, 59 are classified as rural, all playing important roles in the state's economy. As these rural communities face their unique challenges of the future, state level support and representation is becoming ever more vital.

Spearheaded by the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance, one initiative calls on Governor Whitmer to create a cabinet-level position devoted to rural economic development. Listen in as we sit down with Kent Wood, owner of government relations consulting firm, Borealis Strategic, to discuss this rural economic development initiative and its importance to northern Michigan.

If you wish to offer your support for this initiative, go to the following: http://chng.it/Lg6G8vrR.

 

S5E10 - Sky’s The Limit for Cherry Capital Airport

S5E10 - Sky’s The Limit for Cherry Capital Airport

November 26, 2019

Cherry Capital Airport is the fourth largest commercial airport in Michigan... and it's not stopping there. They recently added two new carriers and several new nonstop flights, bringing their non-stop service up to 15 cities. Listen in as we sit down with Airport Director Kevin Klein to discuss both the opportunities and the challenges this time of growth and change will offer.

S5E9 - Co-ops Climb Capitol Hill

S5E9 - Co-ops Climb Capitol Hill

October 29, 2019

When problems arise, co-ops have a hard time sitting idly by. So, when the co-ops' tax exempt status is threatened, we head straight for the Capitol. Listen in as we reflect on Cherryland's recent trip to Washington, D.C. and discuss the top issues facing co-ops today with board members Dave Schweitzer and Gabe Schneider. 

S5E8 - On Air With Rep. Jack O’Malley

S5E8 - On Air With Rep. Jack O’Malley

September 30, 2019

After 34 years of hosting WTCM's morning show, Representative Jack O'Malley returns to the microphone to reflect on his first year representing Michigan's 101st District (Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee counties) in Lansing. Listen in as we chat with him about energy policy and a variety other topics coming out of the Capitol.

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.