Newsletter: Federal Energy News Brief

Federal Energy News Brief 

This week, we want to provide you with a few key happenings at the federal level to keep an eye on:

Federal Fuel Economy Standards: The Trump administration is expected to rollback fuel economy standards put in place under the Obama administration. Draft plans of the move have been reported on widely and are causing significant concern for the advanced mobility and electric vehicle industry. Under the proposed changes, the existing fuel economy standards, which require auto manufacturers to develop fuel-efficient vehicles and help drive demand for electric vehicles, will be frozen at current levels. According a summary from Utility Dive, the fuel economy standards are expected to be frozen at 35 mpg, rather than climbing to 50 mpg by 2025 as had been finalized by the Obama administration.

Carbon Tax: In July, a Republican lawmaker unveiled a draft bill for a national carbon tax, a somewhat unexpected effort. The prospects of the legislation gaining traction are considered slim unless included as a part of a more comprehensive tax reform package.

FERC: The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) hosted a conference this week on grid reliability. The technical conference received more attention with the vocal and recent support of President Trump for coal as a power generation source and its implications for grid reliability. FERC is still reckoning with the departure of commissioner Robert Powelson (R), which will leave the commission evenly split along party lines until the position is filled. In addition, with reports of cyber attacks on utility infrastructure, FERC is having to consider cybersecurity more seriously, while the FCC may start paying more attention to energy security concerns.

Thanks & Farewell Kaitlyn!

This week we bid farewell to Michigan EIBC and Institute for Energy Innovation Programs Associate, Kaitlyn Beyer. Since joining in March of 2017, Kaitlyn has been crucial to helping make sure Michigan EIBC serves its members and continues to promote the advanced energy economy throughout Michigan. Kaitlyn has done everything from research to event planning to crafting weekly newsletters — and everything in between. We’re sad to see Kaitlyn go, but we’re excited for her next step and pleased that she won’t be too far away as she begins her training to be a lawyer at the University of Michigan this fall. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to Kaitlyn to wish her luck on her next adventure. For all things Michigan EIBC and IEI related, you can always reach out to Liesl, Laura, or Cory moving forward.

Members: Send Your Stories!

Every week, Michigan EIBC’s newsletters go out to nearly 2,000 subscribers – energy industry leaders, policy makers and regulators, and other interested parties. Our members are at the heart of the advanced energy industry, and we try our best to tell their stories. We want to hear from you!

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You’re Invited! Upcoming Michigan EIBC Events

We always highlight upcoming events in the advanced energy industry that are relevant to companies in Michigan, but this week we want to make sure you see what’s coming up from Michigan EIBC.

On August 15, Michigan EIBC will host the fifth EV Convening as a part of our current five-part series. The event will be hosted at the Michigan Public Service Commission and will focus on rate design and utility presentations. Speakers will include Chris Nelder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Michigan Energy Office Director Robert Jackson, and representatives from Consumers Energy and DTE Energy. Attendees will also help identify important next steps forward for vehicle electrification in Michigan and how Michigan EIBC and partners can continue helping Michigan lead in this space.

On September 17, join us for a networking reception in beautiful Traverse City at the offices of Keen Technical Solutions. It will be a relaxing evening to meet other people working in the industry in northern Michigan and across the state. Then, on September 21, members should join us for our first in-person Policy Committee meeting in Lansing.

In November, members are invited to join a Post-Election Recap at Varnum in Grand Rapids to get a breakdown of the state and federal elections and implications for the advanced energy industry. Later that month, Michigan EIBC will be hosting the Michigan Energy Innovators Gala in East Lansing on November 14. It’s an event you don’t want to miss!

Michigan Energy Stories


National Energy Stories

Michigan Energy Events
MSU IPU invites you to the 60th Annual Regulatory Studies Program’s Fundamentals Program. The event will provide essential education in the theory, principles, and practice of economic regulation organized by disciplinary perspectives, core functions, and utility sector applications. It will take place August 6-10 in East Lansing.

MSU IPU invites you to the 60th Annual Regulatory Studies Program’s Intermediate Program. The event will provide essential education in regulatory jurisdiction and governance, utility market structures, and current trends, drivers, and policy issues across the sectors. It will take place August 13-17 in East Lansing.

On August 15, Michigan EIBC will host its fifth EV Convening on rate design and future engagement at the Michigan Agency for Energy’s office in Lansing. Register here.

Hosted in Novi, Michigan September 11-13, The Battery Show North America will bring together more than 8,000 engineers and executives and more than 600 leading suppliers across the advanced battery supply chain. The conference will cover advanced battery technologies, electric and hybrid vehicle technology, and critical power technologies. Learn more and register here.

MSU IPU invites you to the 60th Annual Regulatory Studies Program’s 13th Advanced Regulatory Studies Program: Ratemaking, Accounting, Finance, and Evaluation. The event will provide intensive, interactive, and technical workshops for experienced professionals in the regulatory policy community. It will take place October 1-5 in East Lansing.

Michigan EIBC will host a members-only election recap on Friday, November 9. Watch your inboxes for registration details.

Save the Date: Michigan EIBC’s Annual Energy Innovator’s Gala is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, in Lansing.

IEI will host a Corporate Purchasers Lunch & Learn at the House Office Building in Lansing on December 5. This event will be open to legislators and legislative staff, as well as Michigan EIBC members. Watch your inboxes for registration details.

National Energy Events   
EUCI invites you to the Smart Cities 2018 Conference on August 13-14 in Columbus, Ohio. Register here.

The 2018 Veteran’s Energy Seminar Series is scheduled for San Diego (8/18)Chicago (8/30), and Boston (9/27). If you are interested in speaking or sponsoring an event, please visit or

EUCI invites you to the Retooling PURPA conference on August 20-21 in Atlanta, Georgia. Register here.

EUCI invites you to Renewable Energy 101, September 10-11, in Chicago, Illinois. Register here.

EUCI invites you to the “Land Lease Agreements for Renewable Energy 101” conference on September 13-14, in Austin, Texas. Register here.

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) and Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) invite you to Solar Power International, September 24-27, in Anaheim, California. Registration opens in spring of 2018 here.

EUCI invites you to a FERC Transmission Ratemaking Conference, October 1 – 2, in Denver, Colorado. Register here.

MSU IPU invites you to the 60th Annual Regulatory Studies Program’s 46th Eastern NARUC Utility Rate School. The event provides comprehensive hands-on training on the basics of the public utility ratemaking process and is sponsored by the NARUC Committee on Water and featuring group work on a mock water utility rate case. It will take place October 22-26 in Clearwater Beach, Florida.

Join 20,000 energy professionals at the Energy Storage North America Solar+Storage Summit November 6-8 in Pasadena, California. Register here.

Announcements and Opportunities
Know an emerging Midwest leader working to accelerate America’s transition to a clean energy economy? Nominate them for the 2018 Midwest Energy News ‘40 Under 40 awards program. Nominations close Friday, August 3

ARPA-E Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Upcoming Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. Full applications due Sept. 7