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…

Michigan energy policy package contains important provisions for combined heat and power (CHP)

This post was originally published by the Great Plains Institute at: http://www.betterenergy.org/MI_CHP After nearly two years of hearings, countless substitute bills, and intense negotiations the Michigan legislature finally approved two pieces of legislation that overhaul and update Michigan’s energy policy. Much has already been written about the larger elements of the legislation – increasing the renewable…

Other hidden costs of Line 5

You wouldn’t site, and you wouldn’t build and construct pipelines underneath the Straits today.” Attorney General Bill Schuette [Begging the question:  If a state-of-the-art, 21st Century pipeline presents an unacceptable risk, why is the continued use of an aging, mid-20th Century pipeline acceptable?] Many compelling reasons exist to terminate the use of Line 5, the…

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2016 Platforms: “We will enforce the original intent of the Clean Water Act, not it’s distortion by EPA regulations. We will likewise forbid the EPA to regulate carbon dioxide”  Republican Platform 2016 The Republican platform largely denies the existence of climate change, expressly rejects the Paris Climate Agreement and the Kyoto Protocol, and calls for…

Charge Without a Cause? Assessing Electric Utility Demand Charges on Small Consumers

The following paper was co-authored by Douglas Jester, Principal with 5 Lakes Energy, and will be distributed at the upcoming Summer 2016 meeting of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC).  What follows is the text of the introduction — to download/view the full paper, please click here. Charge Without a Cause? Assessing Electric…

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The EPA Clean Power Plan – are we better off without it? Clean energy proponents were dismayed – to say the least – by the Supreme Court’s 5-4 decision to delay implementation of EPA Clean Power Plan rule limiting carbon dioxide emissions from existing power plants.  It was an unprecedented action by the court; for…

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2016 Sustainable Energy in America Factbook Bloomberg New Energy Finance issued its annual assessment of the state of sustainable energy in the United States.  The Factbook provides considerable detail and analysis of energy trends and documents the decoupling of energy consumption and economic growth –  the U.S. economy grew by 10% since 2007 while primary energy…