Michigan energy policy package contains important provisions for combined heat and power (CHP)

This post was originally published by the Great Plains Institute at: http://www.betterenergy.org/MI_CHP After nearly two years of hearings, countless substitute bills, and intense negotiations the Michigan legislature finally approved two pieces of legislation that overhaul and update Michigan’s energy policy. Much has already been written about the larger elements of the legislation – increasing the renewable…

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Scripps of 5 Lakes Energy named to Midwest Energy News ’40 under 40′ list for 2016

Jamie Scripps of 5 Lakes Energy has been recognized by Midwest Energy News as one of its 2016 ‘40 under 40’ emerging leaders who are working to transition America to a clean energy economy.  Jamie was nominated for her advocacy on behalf of industrial energy efficiency and cogeneration, her research and analysis on sustainability, and…

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Other hidden costs of Line 5

You wouldn’t site, and you wouldn’t build and construct pipelines underneath the Straits today.” Attorney General Bill Schuette [Begging the question:  If a state-of-the-art, 21st Century pipeline presents an unacceptable risk, why is the continued use of an aging, mid-20th Century pipeline acceptable?] Many compelling reasons exist to terminate the use of Line 5, the…

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Energy & Climate Notes 072116

2016 Platforms: “We will enforce the original intent of the Clean Water Act, not it’s distortion by EPA regulations. We will likewise forbid the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide”  Republican Platform 2016 The Republican platform largely denies the existence of climate change, expressly rejects the Paris Climate Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol, and calls for…

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Charge Without a Cause? Assessing Electric Utility Demand Charges on Small Consumers

The following paper was co-authored by Douglas Jester, Principal with 5 Lakes Energy, and will be distributed at the upcoming Summer 2016 meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).  What follows is the text of the introduction — to download/view the full paper, please click here. Charge Without a Cause? Assessing Electric…

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Corporate investment in renewable energy on the rise in Michigan

“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.

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