Municipal Street Lighting: 10 Tips for Local Governments by Rick Bunch

Municipal Street Lighting: Ten Tips for Local Governments Street lighting is often a local government’s biggest energy expenditure and the most widespread and visible service that local governments provide. Many local governments pay too much for street lighting and get bad service because investor-owned utilities control their streetlights. Information is power, however, and knowing what…

Powering Forward: Accelerating the Binational Great Lakes Region’s Clean Energy Transition

A new report for the Council of the Great Lakes Region, prepared by 5 Lakes Partner Douglas Jester and co-founder Skip Pruss, analyzes the opportunities of the clean energy transition available to the two Canadian provinces and eight US states in the region. The report includes recommendations for actions, commitments and collaborations to achieve full…

New Report from Citizens Utility Board: Electric Utility Performance – Ranking Michigan Amongst the States (2019)

There’s a new report out from the Citizens Utility Board of Michigan, prepared by 5 Lakes Energy LLC, that provides a scorecard measuring the aggregate performance of Michigan’s electric utilities in the areas of reliability, affordability and management of environmental impacts in comparison to the aggregate performance of the other 49 states and the District of…

Guest Blog: Utility-Owned Combined Heat & Power (CHP) Highlighted in DTE Rate Case

By Jamie Scripps, Hunterston Consulting LLC Jamie Scripps is a principal with Hunterston Consulting LLC, where she offers advanced energy policy expertise to clients across the Midwest, with a focus on Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Jamie’s standby rate research has been featured in proceedings throughout the Midwest and Mid-Atlantic, and she is a…

5 Lakes Energy Co-Founder Liesl Eichler Clark appointed to lead Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for Governor-elect Gretchen Whitmer

Starting January 1, 5 Lakes Energy Co-Founder and Partner Liesl Eichler Clark will serve as the Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) for the Whitmer Administration. Clark brings to the position deep expertise in environmental, energy, natural resources, corporate sustainability and agriculture policy, and an indomitable passion for combating climate change. Prior…

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…