Wind Works in Michigan

The wind industry has come a long way in Michigan and in the nation. From the passage of a comprehensive energy statute in 2008 that included Michigan’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, costs have dropped so that wind is now the cheapest generation option, and one of the cheapest additions to the generation fleet even without the federal…

5 Lakes Energy is pleased to welcome David Gard!

David Gard is a senior consultant with 5 Lakes Energy. David brings extensive knowledge and experience in energy policy and sustainable systems. He briefly directed the Oberlin Project, a local partnership in Northeastern Ohio aimed at reducing carbon emissions and fostering community resilience. That role followed more than ten years with the Michigan Environmental Council…

Michigan Sustainable Wines

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…

Michigan Energy Futures II

Did you miss the Michigan Energy Futures II conference on September 9th at UM? You can watch the recordings of the day here: http://erb.umich.edu/blog/2014/08/11/sept-9-michigan-energy-futures-conference-ii/?utm_source=Erb+Institute&utm_campaign=c14de96b39-Michigan_Energy_Futures_Thank_You_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_b9168ce5f1-c14de96b39-266960661  http://rossmedia.bus.umich.edu/rossmedia/Play/80aa6814a0ad46bb9e9cfb43eb26f76a1d

Michigan Dems, GOP deserve credit for working together under tough circumstances

by Stanley “Skip” Pruss Published in the Detroit Free Press, Sunday, December 19, 2010 Gov. Jennifer Granholm and the Michigan Legislature have faced considerable criticism from a public unhappy with government and its leaders. And last month’s election clearly expressed dissatisfaction with current office holders, particularly Democrats. But there is a case to be made…