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 among the cheapest forms of new electricity available in almost every U.S. market, and the cost of clean energy continues to decline as the technology improves. In 2015, 68 percent of all new electricity generation resources added to the power grid in the U.S. were renewable energy – almost all of it wind and solar. And in 2016, global investment in wind and solar energy ($261 billion) totaled more than twice that in coal and gas-fired power generation ($130 billion).


The panel will discuss these economic changes and the future of renewable energy in Michigan. The other panelists are Scott Hawken, Director of Project Development for Apex Clean Energy and Teresa Hatcher, Director of Renewable Energy for CMS Energy. The panel will be moderated by Tom Rohrer, Director of the Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems.


The discussion will be free and open to the public and light refreshments will be provided. We’d love to have you join us!



  • What: Panel discussion on the clean energy economy
  • When: Tuesday October 24th, 6:30-7:30pm
  • Where: 161 Anspach Hall, CMU Campus, Mt Pleasant, MI
  • Who: Liesl Clark (Michigan EIBC), Scott Hawken (Apex Clean Energy), Teresa Hatcher (CMS Energy). Moderator: Tom Rohrer (Great Lakes Institute for Sustainable Systems)