Stanley ``Skip`` Pruss

Stanley “Skip” Pruss co-founded 5 Lakes Energy in 2010, specializing in energy policy and clean energy system development. In retirement, he continues his affiliation with 5 Lakes Energy as a Senior Fellow.

During Governor Jennifer Granholm’s tenure, Skip was the director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and served as the state’s Chief Energy Officer.  He also served as the governor’s Special Advisor for Renewable Energy and the Environment, and chaired the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Council.  Skip also served on the U.S. Department of Energy’s energy efficiency and renewable energy advisory committee, providing guidance to the Secretary of Energy on energy policy and programs.

Earlier in his career Skip was the deputy director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and assistant attorney general in charge of Michigan’s Consumer Protection Division where he chaired the Department of Attorney General’s Public Protection Practice Group.  He practiced environmental protection and natural resource law and served as legal advisor to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.  Skip successfully litigated one of the largest natural resource damage cases in the country. The $172 million Ludington Pumped Storage Facility settlement resulted in the mitigation of fish mortality, conveyed thousands of acres of pristine waterfront properties to the state, and created the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust.

Skip has received numerous public service awards and citations including the Michigan Energy Hall of Fame, Leader of the Year by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, Guardian of the Great Lakes by Clean Water Action, Conservationist of the Year by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and recipient of the Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service by the American Bar Association.

Skip is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Wayne State University Law School.

Skip resides in Northport, Michigan with his wife, Brigid.

Stanley “Skip” Pruss | Senior Fellow

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