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.

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.”

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…

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.”

Fight may take air out of mandate for sun, wind power

http://www.detroitnews.com/story/news/environment/2015/07/26/fight-may-take-air-mandate-sun-wind-power/30719769/ Gary Heinlein and Jim Lynch, The Detroit News11:31 p.m. EDT July 26, 2015 Lansing — The most tumultuous issue in Gov. Rick Snyder’s bid to reshape Michigan’s energy policy is the battle over whether to require power companies to generate a certain quota of electricity through renewable sources. While environmentalists push for the expansion…