Wind Works in Michigan

The wind industry has come a long way in Michigan and in the nation. From the passage of a comprehensive energy statute in 2008 that included Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, costs have dropped so that wind is now the cheapest generation option, and one of the cheapest additions to the generation fleet even without the federal…


Can We Have a Conversation?

Now is the time to have a serious conversation about the future of Michigan’s energy system. In response to a projected shortfall in reserve capacity that may be as large as three gigawatts, the Michigan Public Service Commissioned has opened a “capacity” docket. Consumers Energy and DTE will be submitting information on February 17, 2015 explaining how they intend to deal with the projected shortfall. Michigan can learn from other states that are focusing on demand management and distributed energy resources as being the most efficient and cost-effective means of balancing supply with demand. They are reforming their energy vision and rethinking their power systems through planning collaboratives that assess emerging energy technologies and services, examine future trends, and bring the best energy expertise to the table.


Michigan Energy Policy: Looking backward and looking forward.

2015 will be a watershed year for energy policy in Michigan – and few states will be watched as carefully by energy policy experts and interested observers.  The expiration of Michigan’s “10 x 2015” renewable energy mandate is framed by accelerating changes in energy markets, new federal regulatory requirements, the proliferation of disruptive new technologies…


Michigan Sustainable Wines

The Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council, with a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, contracted with 5 Lakes Energy to explore a sustainability program for Michigan’s grape growing and wine industry.  Guided by a steering committee comprised of industry members, university partners and council members, 5 Lakes completed a feasibility study that offers a…


Energy Establishment Stupendously, Spectacularly, Chronically, Woefully, Comically Wrong on Energy Trends

5 Lakes Energy’s own principal and co-founder Skip Pruss was featured on Peter Sinclair’s Climate Denial Crock of the Week. Watch here!




5 Lakes Energy Announces New Principal Jamie Scripps

5 Lakes Energy LLC is pleased to announce that Jamie Scripps has been promoted from Senior Consultant to Principal. In her new role, Scripps joins Stanley “Skip” Pruss, Liesl Eichler Clark, and Douglas Jester in their leadership of the policy consulting firm, which specializes in providing the strategic pathways that enable and accelerate adoption of clean energy technologies and sustainable practices.  …


Michigan EIBC Honors Advanced Energy Leaders – Skip Pruss

  November 13, 2014 LANSING –The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC), an advanced energy business association, last night honored Michigan advanced energy companies at the second annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala. The business awards included three categories: business of the year; emerging company of the year; and employer of the year. The winners included: Business of…


MI Energy Innovators Award Gala – Nov 12th

Join Michigan EIBC for their second annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala on Wednesday, November 12 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. Individual tickets and table sponsorships are available here. Now in its second year, Michigan EIBC’s Energy Innovators Gala honors Michigan energy companies and individuals who have demonstrated their commitment to Michigan’s advanced energy…


5 Lakes Welcomes Cam!

Cam Brown is a consultant for 5 Lakes Energy. Before joining the 5 Lakes team, Cam worked as the environmental affairs coordinator for the California Wine Institute and the California Sustainable Winegrowing Alliance. He has consulted for the Climate Action Campaign and the Michigan Grape and Wine Industry Council as an industry specialist on sustainability,…