What We Are Reading this Week – Changing Utility Models Plus Solar Equals Comments from FERC Chair Wellinghoff

It is getting late on a Labor Day Friday but I wanted to chime in before I check out on What We Are Reading this week at 5 Lakes Energy: Here is a great Friday blog by Advanced Energy Economy on the coming challenges to the traditional utility model as solar decreases in cost. http://blog.aee.net/news-utilities–are-they-dinosaurs-telecoms-or-in-transition?utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=10140526&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_1bB17ewITrWLps-6o0BFZGHthEPEZTqJjvDgi73oCCCNsWh-5wIZ5von8cfLavwwvPyHI59bgO0my5vGdKL8VrxXu4Q&_hsmi=10140526…

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Continually Decreasing Cost of Wind Falls Lower

Wind is the largest portion of Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS).  Our current RPS (Public Act 295 of 2008) was passed in 2008 by a bi-partisan legislature and established a requirement that Michigan investor owned utilities, cooperatives, and municipal utilities generate 10% of their electricity from renewable sources by 2015. Michigan’s investor owned utilities are…

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What we are reading this week at 5 Lakes – Energy Sector Vulnerabilities to Climate Change, Intelligent Energy Efficiency, and more

The clean energy sector is always fast-moving but lately it seems like the changes are lightening paced.  Below is a sample of the latest reports and discussions we are following at 5LE: DOE recently released a study reviewing how Climate Change and Extreme Weather events will challenge the energy sector highlighting vulnerabilities. http://energy.gov/downloads/us-energy-sector-vulnerabilities-climate-change-and-extreme-weather Greentech Media…

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West Michigan Energy Conference:Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Policy Discussion

Please join us for a series of presentations on renewable energy and energy efficiency from businesses, members of the agriculture sector and experts at Grand Valley State University and Michigan State University. Topics will include business and agricultural applications of renewable energy and energy efficiency and their impact on rural economic development.   WHEN: Thursday,…

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Business Opportunities in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Panel Discussion

The Business Opportunities in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency panel discussion will be held on Tuesday, July 30, 7:30 p.m. at the Gerald R Ford Presidential Museum. The panel discussion will cover business opportunities in alternative energy and energy efficiency. Panelists will discuss their “regular” business, how their company became involved in energy issues, their…

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How will “Disruptive Challenges’ in the Electric Markets Impact Michigan’s Energy Decisions?

5 Lakes Energy worked with the Erb Institute at UM, Pew Charitable Trusts, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, the Institute for Energy Innovation, Growth Capital Network and NextEnergy to put on a conference in Ann Arbor last week entitled, “How will ‘Disruptive Challenges’ in the Electric Markets Impact Michigan’s Energy Decisions?”.  It was well-attended and…

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