Newsletter: Michigan Cities Chart Their Own Course on Energy

This newsletter was originally published on June 16, 2017.

Michigan Cities Chart Their Own Course on Energy

A growing number of Michigan communities are taking a more active role in determining where their energy comes from, and pushing for a greater share of that energy to come from renewable energy resources. As highlighted in the Michigan EIBC Annual Member Meeting this spring, both Traverse City and Grand Rapids have committed to powering all city services with renewable energy. The Village of Northport, in Leelanau County, also has a goal of meeting 100% of the energy consumption with renewable energy resources.

Last week, following President Trump’s announcement that the United States would withdraw from the Paris climate agreement, a number of cities around the state responded with public statements that they would continue to work towards the energy and climate targets contained in the agreement. In addition to Grand Rapids and Traverse City, the mayors of Ann Arbor, Buchanan, Detroit, East Lansing, Ferndale, Flint, Hamtramck, Kalamazoo, Lansing, Lapeer, Pleasant Ridge, Rockwood, Royal Oak, and Ypsilanti all announced similar commitments, with a citizens group in Marquette circulating a petition calling on city leadership to do the same. These communities joined a group of 279 cities across the country “working together to create a 21st Century clean energy economy.”

This action follows increased engagement in renewable energy procurement from leading companies in Michigan and across the country, as well as earlier efforts by cities to reduce energy consumption, switch to LED streetlights, streamline permitting for distributed generation projects, and installation of renewable energy projects to help power city operations.



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Michigan Energy Events:

Join Michigan EIBC, the American Association of Blacks in Energy (AABE), and Advancing Women in Energy (AWE) in Detroit for an Advanced Energy Networking Reception hosted by CLEAResult on June 16. There will be a brief program with remarks by Carla Walker-Miller, President and CEO of Walker-Miller Energy Services and President of The AABE Michigan Chapter and Liesl Eichler Clark, President of Michigan EIBC and board member of AWE. Registration for this event is now closed.

Join Groundwork Center and the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association at Northwestern Michigan College June 23-25 in Traverse City for a conference designed to mobilize clean energy investments in homes, businesses, and communities. The conference includes a free film screening, panel discussions, keynote speakers, and a fair. For more information, click here.
The 2017 PlugVolt Battery Seminar is scheduled for July 18-20 in Ann Arbor. Industry leaders, policy decision-makers, and key stakeholders from more than 80 companies are expected to gather at the PlugVolt Battery Seminar to learn more about the challengers and opportunities for energy storage systems in grid/utility storage and automotive applications. Register here.
The Michigan Public Service Commission will host a technical conference on the future of electric vehicle charging on August 9 at the public service commission office, 7109 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing. Subject matter experts interested in participating in a panel are asked to submit a letter of interest, resume and summary of expertise to Al Freeman at the commission offices or by e-mail to
The 1st Annual Sustainable Detroit Forum is scheduled for October 25. The event will consist of interactive learning, keynotes, and short presentations. Acoustic musicians will perform during breaks. Proposals for presentations will be accepted for Sustainable ProjectsPersonal Green Stories, and Lessons Learned/Greatest Failures. Proposals are due July 14.


National Energy Events:

TRC is hosting a two-day conference on Developing Solar on Landfills and Brownfields on June 12-13 in Chicago. The event brings together landowners, who will learn about how to turn their brownfield liabilities into clean energy assets, while solar developers will learn how to choose and develop on brownfields.

Greentech Media’s Grid Edge World Forum 2017 will be held in San Jose, CA on June 27-29. As the only conference exclusively focused on emerging distributed energy system, this event highlights the trends, opportunities, and innovation happening at the grid edge.


Additional Resources:

A web site from the Michigan Public Service Commission provides details on the laws, which took effect on April 20. For more information, or to sign up for notifications, visit