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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Energy & Climate Notes 020716

2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook Bloomberg New Energy Finance issued its annual assessment of the state of sustainable energy in the United States.  The Factbook provides considerable detail and analysis of energy trends and documents the decoupling of energy consumption and economic growth –  the U.S. economy grew by 10% since 2007 while primary energy…

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MEC3 to Focus on Advanced Energy Opportunities for Business February 2

“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.”

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Corporate Pathways to Advanced Energy: The Growth of Market Demand for Clean Energy Solutions

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…

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The Paris Climate Agreement:  Meeting the challenges while creating new opportunities

How important is the agreement world leaders reached in Paris and how are we to assess the significance of the Paris climate accord? An overwhelming scientific consensus tells us that emissions of greenhouse gases, if left unabated, will result is systemic changes in the global climate system, ocean acidification, rising sea levels, and an increase…

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Michigan can comply with federal Clean Power Plan for a decade with no changes

“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.”

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