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Last week, Michigan EIBC staff spoke at events in Grand Rapids and East Lansing. On Thursday, Michigan EIBC Vice President of Policy, Laura Sherman moderated a panel on siting of renewable energy and spoke on a panel on electric vehicles at the Michigan Climate Action Summit in Grand Rapids. The summit brought together a broad array of stakeholders to “set a bold new agenda for Michigan to move forward on climate.” The Summit featured speakers including Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and the Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and former Michigan EIBC President, Liesl Eichler Clark.
On Friday, Cory Connolly, Michigan EIBC Vice President of Development and Community Projects, spoke on a panel focused on electric vehicles at the 15th Annual Michigan Forum on Economic Regulatory Policy. The Forum is a one-day conference designed specifically by the Institute of Public Utilities for the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), the Michigan State Legislature, the Offices of the Governor and Attorney General, consumer and environmental advocates, utility industry representatives, and others interested in Michigan regulatory policy. Cory provided insights on the status of the electric vehicle industry in Michigan and the opportunities that it presents for the state and for Michigan EIBC members. The panel was moderated by Commissioner Norm Saari and featured additional panelists from DTE Energy, Consumers Energy, and the Electric Power Research Institute.
Michigan EIBC Networking Event at Michigan CAT
On Monday, Michigan EIBC held a networking event at Michigan CAT with approximately 60 attendees from across the advanced energy industry. The event featured a presentation by Graeme Miller, Energy Policy Analyst with the Energy Resources Center at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). At the ERC, Mr. Miller works as on energy policy issues for the US DOE Midwest Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Technical Assistance Partnership. His presentation focused on the state of the CHP market, providing valuable insight for industry experts as well as for attendees new to the topic.
Following the presentation, attendees toured Michigan CAT’s state-of-the-art full service facility for the power systems, heavy equipment, and truck segments of their business. Attendees were able to see Michigan CAT’s parts department and service shops, including the 8,000 square foot gas engine overhaul facility. The tour provided attendees a glimpse into the many different markets Michigan CAT serves.
Don’t Miss EIBC’s 7th Annual Member Meeting
RSVP today for this year’s Annual Member Meeting on Tuesday, April 23 at the Kellogg Center in East Lansing. This full-day conference is our most popular event of the year, and provides attendees the opportunity to network and learn about the latest innovations and topics in the advanced energy sector.
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
9:00 am – 4:30 pm
MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
There will be six break-out panels throughout the day, dozens of expert panelists, a keynote speaker, and several main-stage speakers. The event brings together leaders in Michigan’s advanced energy industry, utility executives, policymakers, regulators, and others.
We are pleased to be able to announce two more panel topics:
Convergence of Disruptive Distributed Technologies
Moderated by Nathalie Osborn, NextEnergy
Moving Toward Utility 3.0: Modernizing Energy Efficiency Programs
Moderated by Stephanie Byrd, Schneider Electric
RSVP today, as this event will sell out.
Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be found on our website.
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Michigan Energy News
- Businesses in a southwestern Michigan city can receive energy efficiency rebatesthrough a new utility program.
- A Michigan State University official says the school’s energy transition plan is reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
- Michigan regulators approve DTE Energy’s revised program that allows residential and small commercial customers to purchase renewable energy.
- Michigan’s two largest utilities push for a state energy review to include an evaluation of redundancy in the state’s natural gas supply.
- Nathalie Osborn of NextEnergy explained why residents and businesses across Michigan were asked to turn down the heat during the polar vortex.
- DTE Energy’s proposed rate hike will hit low-income customers the hardest and benefit them the least, according to groups who protested outside a DTE customer service center in Detroit this week.
- Consumers Energy is planning a third solar power plant in Cadillac.
- Days after Ford announced a major wind purchasing agreement through DTE Energy, General Motors announces it will do the same.
- Dearborn is partnering with AAW Infrastructure Partners, L3C to launch an innovative program designed to give the City the means to purchase electric vehicles (EVs) and charging stations in the future, Mayor John B. O’Reilly, Jr. announced.
- The parent company of Consumers Energy could continue contributing to political nonprofits despite a temporary ban for the utility itself, a utility official said Wednesday to the dismay of lawmakers critical of the spending.
- DTE Energy’s revised voluntary green pricing program includes lower rates for a wind-only generation option.
National Energy News
- Borden County, Texas, is set to become the home of the world’s largest battery storage system in 2021. IP Juno has recently outlined plans to build a 495-MW storage system together with a solar farm of the same size in Borden County, a small community in West Texas in the very heart of the most important US oil field, the Permian.
- Volkswagen is the first automaker to pledge to make its manufacturing operations carbon neutral.
- The Bloomberg American Cities Climate Challenge, Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), World Resources Institute (WRI) and the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN) collaborated to launch a program to help cities generate more than 2.8 gigawatts of renewable energy capacity and decarbonize their electricity systems.
- Chicago’s resilience strategy includes powering buildings with 100 percent renewable energy by 2035.
- Utilities could improve participation in energy efficiency programs by using surveys and smart meter data to tailor messages to individual customers, a new report says.
- Minnesota lawmakers debate legislation meant to spur energy storage development.
- On-bill financing is an increasingly popular financing mechanism to extend energy efficiency projects to more utility customers.
- New York utilities and the state’s grid operator are developing a plan to allow energy storage to participate in wholesale and retail markets.
- Renewable generation will meet 50 percent of world electricity demand by 2035 as electricity consumption doubles until 2050, according to McKinsey & Co.’s 2019 energy analysis.
Michigan Energy Events
You’re invited to MEECA’s upcoming Annual Banquet & Awards Celebration on March 6th.
Members Only: Michigan EIBC members are invited to join us in Lansing on Friday, March 15 for an in-person Policy Committee meeting at Dykema in Lansing. This meeting replaces March’s Policy Committee conference call.
Join Michigan EIBC on Tuesday, April 23, 2019 for our 7th Annual Member Meeting at the MSU Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center.
Members Only: Michigan EIBC members are invited to join us in downtown Lansing on Wednesday, April 24 for Lobby Day. During Lobby Day, Michigan EIBC staff, members, and our lobby team at Dykema meet one-on-one with Michigan State Legislators and their staff to discuss current and future issues for the advanced energy industry.
The IEEE Transportation Electrification Conference & Expo (ITEC) www.itec-conf.com will be held in Novi, MI. 19-21 June 2019. (ITEC’19) is aimed at helping the industry in the transition from conventional vehicles to advanced electrified vehicles.
National Energy Events
The 12th annual Storage Week is February 25-27 in San Francisco.
The Solar Power Finance & Investment Summit is March 19-21 in San Diego.
Attend the Midwest Renewable Energy Summit on April 16-18, 2019, in Chicago, IL.
Announcements & Opportunities
Consumers Energy has released an RFI to collect innovative ideas to accomplish 2040 clean energy goals, 15 to 20 years early, in an urban redevelopment district in Michigan. Please find the news release and link to the RFI document here. We welcome MI EIBC members to submit a response and forward to relevant colleagues in the smart city/clean energy industry. The RFI will inform an upcoming RFP, then partner and vendor selection.
Questions and responses should be submitted via email to email@example.com by the deadline of 5:00pm EST on March 13. We will be reviewing the submissions on a rolling basis and contacting select respondents for follow up conversations.