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…

Panel on Clean Energy Economy at Central Michigan University

5 Lakes Energy co-founder/partner and Michigan EIBC president Liesl Eichler Clark took part in a panel discussion on the advanced energy economy on Tuesday October 24th. The discussion encompassed the expansion of renewable energy and how it could benefit taxpayers and reduce electricity costs. In addition to Clark, the panel included Scott Hawken, director of project…

5 Lakes Energy “Apples to Apples” Standby Rate Analyses

Minnesota Midwest Cogeneration Association/Fresh Energy November 2016 Comments in MPUC Case No. 15-115 Midwest Cogeneration Association/Fresh Energy August 2016 Comments in MPUC Case No. 15-115   Michigan Midwest Cogeneration Association Comments to Michigan Public Service Commission Standby Rate Working Group Standby Rate Testimony in DTE Rate Case U-18255 Standby Rate Exhibits in DTE Rate Case…

Upcoming Panel Discussion: October 24

Liesl Clark, co-founder and partner at 5 Lakes Energy and President of the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, will participate in a panel discussion focused on the clean energy economy on October 24th at Central Michigan University (6:30pm, 161 Anspach Hall).   Thanks to improvements in deployment and technological advancements, wind and solar projects are now…