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8th Annual Energy Innovators Conference


April 22
9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Kellogg Center
219 S Harrison Rd
East Lansing, MI 48824
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Michigan EIBC



Please join Michigan EIBC on Wednesday, April 22 – the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – for the 8th Annual Energy Innovators Conference (formerly Annual Member Meeting) at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center in East Lansing.

We are excited to announce that our keynote speaker for the conference is Patti Poppe, President and Chief Executive Officer of Jackson, Michigan based CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy, Michigan’s largest utility and the nation’s fourth largest combination utility.

Our most popular event of the year, the conference provides attendees an opportunity to network and learn about innovations in advanced energy. The event will feature numerous break-out panels with energy experts, a keynote address, big ideas from thought leaders (new!), topic-specific roundtable discussions (new!), and lots of time for networking. The event brings together leaders in Michigan’s advanced energy industry, utility executives, policymakers, regulators, and others.

The panel topics and confirmed panelists to date are:

  • Earth Day 50: Achieving the Triple Bottom Line

  • Beyond Poles and Wires: Distribution System Planning 2.0

  • Building the Advanced Energy Workforce
  • The Future of Energy in the Built Environment
  • Peering into the Crystal Ball: What the 2020 Election Could Mean for Energy Policy
  • From Goals to Reality: Achieving Advanced Energy Commitments


Tentative timeline:

8:30 am – Registration open

9:00 am – Welcome and Introductions

9:10 am – Keynote Speaker: Patti Poppe

9:50 am – Networking Break

10:00 am – Breakout Session #1

11:00 am – Networking Break

11:15 am – Main Stage Panel

12:15 pm – Buffet Lunch & Networking

1:15 pm – Main Stage Speakers

2:15 pm – Networking Break

2:45 pm – Breakout Session #2

3:45 pm – Networking Break

4:00 pm – Main Stage Panel

4:55 pm – Closing Remarks


Sponsorship opportunities are available and can be found here: 2020 Energy Innovators Conference-Sponsorship Opportunities2.0


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More about Patti Poppe
Patti Poppe is the President and Chief Executive Officer of CMS Energy and its principal subsidiary, Consumers Energy. She was elected to this position in July 2016. Poppe held a variety of automotive management positions and served as power plant director at Detroit, Michigan based DTE Energy before returning to her hometown of Jackson to join Consumers Energy in 2011.

As President and Chief Executive Officer, Poppe has focused on connecting the company more closely with its customers and adapting lean operating system principles throughout the utility. She also has led the company’s commitment to a triple bottom line in service of people, the planet and prosperity. At a time of unprecedented change in the energy industry, Poppe has helped to uniquely position CMS Energy and Consumers Energy into a clean and lean company able to act as a world class performer delivering hometown service.


Tickets are non-refundable.