You know what the Midwest is? Innovative and Restless…

How Ohio’s PowerForward initiative illustrates where grid modernization discussions are going… Spoiler alert! They’re full of metaphors and catch phrases!   By Benjamin A. Stafford, Senior Consultant   Last week, the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio (PUCO) renewed conversations in Ohio’s review of technological and utility regulatory innovations. Three days of discussions in the third…

5 minutes with 5 Lakes – Get to know 5LE Team Member David Gard!

As a young naval officer, David Gard led his ship’s B Division, the team that maintained and operated high-pressure steam boilers supplying electrical power. Running the boiler room—a noisy, hot labyrinth of piping, values, pumps and motors—gave him first-hand knowledge of how a conventional steam generating plant works. David, who holds a degree in mechanical…

New Report: Powering the Mobility Revolution

The Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) recently unveiled its report, Powering the Mobility Revolution: The Case for Integrating Vehicle Electrification & Batteries into Strategies to Promote Autonomous Vehicles. “Self-driving vehicles are the next big step for the transportation industry, and the mobility industry is increasingly based on electric vehicle technology,” said IEI president and 5 Lakes…