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…

Michigan Sustainable Winegrape Program

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…

Reducing Energy Waste is Least-Cost Option for Implementing Federal Clean Power Plan

Analysis using new Michigan model highlights important role for renewables, cogeneration, natural gas in meeting state targets   [Lansing and Washington, D.C.] – Reducing energy waste, using more renewable energy sources like solar and wind, cogeneration fueled by natural gas and, depending on long-term price projections, an appropriate amount of natural gas-fired combined cycle generation…

New Report: Barriers to Advanced Energy in Michigan

The Institute for Energy Innovation has released a comprehensive report identifying the barriers that impede Michigan from joining leading states in accelerating the transition to a clean energy economy.  The paper explores trends in innovation in energy markets, regulatory paradigms and the improving performance and economics of advanced low-carbon energy technologies.  In addition to examining…