Presentation at Asthma Initiative of Michigan’s Partnership Forum

On June 6, 2017, 5 Lakes Energy Senior Consultant, Laura Sherman, spoke at the Asthma Initiative of Michigan’s 2017 Partnership Forum about outdoor air pollution and human health. Air pollution from sources including coal-fired power plants and vehicles impacts human health across Michigan. For example, particulates, nitrogen oxides, and asthma exacerbate respiratory distress among the…

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5 Lakes Energy Becomes a Certified B Corporation

It’s official! 5 Lakes Energy is now a Certified B Corporation. Reaching this important milestone reinforces our firm’s ongoing commitment to the “triple bottom line” – a measure of sustainability that includes financial, social and environmental measures. We join nearly 2,000 companies worldwide across 130 different industries in the rapidly growing Certified B Corporation, or…

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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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