Millions in consumer savings, thousands of good jobs and new resources for communities across the state- passing new legislation to further grow these benefits should be a slam dunk.
“Companies are very interested in how the Switch deal gets done,” said Liesl Clark, president of the Lansing-based Energy Innovation Business Council. But stepping up next with additional renewable investments could be private companies across a range of industry types and sizes, from GM and Steelcase to Black Star Farms LLC winery. Also getting into the game: Municipalities such as Lansing, Ann Arbor and Grand Rapids, said Clark, who also is a founding principal with 5 Lakes Energy, a Lansing consulting firm.
Besides Black Star, a number of other wineries are installing solar, Clark said, including Chateau Chantal Winery, Good Neighbor and Round Barn Winery.
Advanced energy does often make you think about renewables – wind and solar. But it’s important to remember that energy efficiency is the least cost alternative. So energy efficiency needs to be a part of that advanced energy definition.
“Advanced energy procurement and direct energy management, coupled with the improving economics of renewable energy, are becoming core elements in corporate business plans,” said Liesl Eichler Clark, president of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (MI-EIBC), a conference organizer. “Many leading multi-national companies have set goals to get 100 percent of their power from renewable energy sources, and an increasing number of Fortune 500 companies including General Motors, have signed on to the Corporate Renewable Energy Buyers Principles, aimed at securing better access to renewable energy from utility electric providers.
“The interest in low-carbon advanced energy is not limited to large corporations and financial institutions,” Clark added. “A growing number of smaller companies are also seeking advanced energy resources to meet their business objectives all of which we will explore at the conference.”
Join us on February 2 in Detroit for the 3rd annual Michigan Energy Conference. The focus of this all-day conference is Corporate Pathways to Advanced Energy: The Growth of Market Demand for Clean Energy Solutions. This event will explore the considerations that are driving business acquisition of advanced energy resources, how emerging advanced energy technologies and business…
“We urge Governor Snyder and his team not to rely too heavily on natural gas at the expense of clean, renewable energy like wind and solar when it comes to meeting Michigan’s energy needs,” said EIBC president Liesl Clark. “The initial Clean Power Plan modeling released today by the state of Michigan assumes the lowest-cost scenario for natural gas, which also poses the greatest risk for residential and business ratepayers. Clean energy will reduce that risk should the ‘best-case’ scenario for energy prices fail to materialize.”
Current State #666 | December 11, 2015 By CURRENT STATE • DEC 11, 2015 Friday on Current State: The Lansing Board of Water and Light’s plan for the biggest solar power facility in Michigan featuring 5 Lakes principal Douglas Jester; the new Keys to Creativity gallery in the Lansing Mall; MSU’s newest Rhodes Scholar; and Live…
More than 50 attend interactive Wind Works Michigan community conversation on the future of wind ITHACA—Last Thursday, more than fifty local residents, business owners and landowners attended a community conversation on Gratiot County wind farms hosted by Wind Works Michigan. The purpose of the meeting was to start a dialogue about community values,…
The Lansing City Pulse featured members of the BWL Citizens Advisory Committee including 5 Lakes principal Douglas Jester on their October 9 Newsmakers show. Watch the interview and learn more at LansingCityPulse.com.