Newsletter: Michigan Primary Election Recap

Michigan Primary Election Recap

Primary elections were held Tuesday, determining nominees for the general election to be held in November. Michigan EIBC member companies will be receiving more detailed information regarding the elections as we approach November, but for now, here are some of the important highlights from Tuesday’s primaries.

Gubernatorial race
The gubernatorial race featured a competitive primary for both the Republicans and the Democrats. Attorney General Bill Schuette won the Republican nomination with more than 50% of the vote, defeating Lt. Governor Brian Calley and State Senator Patrick Colbeck. For the Democrats, former Michigan Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer won the nomination with robust support throughout the state, taking more than 51% of the vote. Whitmer’s opponents, Abdul El-Sayed and Shri Thanedar, both showed signs of presenting a challenge in the weeks leading up to the August 7 primary. As part of outreach to all candidates, Michigan EIBC Leadership Council and board members sat down with both Lt. Governor Calley and former Senator Whitmer to provide information about the strength of the advanced energy industry in Michigan. Michigan EIBC will continue to seek an opportunity to provide a similar off-the-record briefing to Mr. Schuette.

Michigan Legislature
This November, all 110 seats in the Michigan House of Representatives and all 38 seats in the Michigan Senate are up for election. While many current legislators are expected to return to Lansing, at least 45 new state representatives and 28 new state senators will be elected due to term limits and seats that have been vacated. While the general election isn’t until November, Tuesday night’s primary battles had some surprises and notable wins that may affect the advanced energy community.

In the Senate, former House Energy Policy Committee Chair Gary Glenn (R) was defeated by Kevin Daley (R) in the race for the Republican nomination for the 31st Senate District, which covers Bay, Lapeer, and Tuscola counties. Aric Nesbitt (R), who previously served as Chair of the House Energy Policy Committee, won the Republican nomination for the 26th Senate District in his bid to represent Allegan County, Van Buren County, and part of Kent County. In Michigan Senate District 5, incumbent David Knezek (D) was upset by Betty Jean Alexander (D). Senator Knezek served on the Energy Policy Committee in the Senate. In the 24th Senate District, Rep. Tom Barrett (R) won easily to become the Republican nominee.

In the Michigan House, incumbents Republican Rep. Dave Maturen and Democratic Rep. Patrick Green lost to primary challengers on Tuesday. Green, a member of the House Energy Policy Committee, was upset by Democrat Lori Stone. Maturen, who held positions on the Tax Policy Committee and the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, lost to primary challenger Matt Hall.

U.S. Congress
Primaries in Michigan’s U.S. Congressional Districts saw a number of close races, with some yielding surprises. Notably, Michigan EIBC board member and President of Michigan EIBC member company Lean & Green Michigan, Andy Levin (D), won the Democratic nomination in the 9th Congressional District. Levin is now the heavy favorite to win the general election in November.

Register for Michigan Energy Innovators Gala

Michigan EIBC is pleased to have Adrian Tuck, CEO of Tendril, as the keynote speaker of the 6th Annual Michigan Energy Innovators Gala on November 14, 2018. Tuck brings his deep entrepreneurial expertise to share with Michigan EIBC members, policy makers, and industry leaders. In his current role as CEO of Tendril, Tuck leads a company focused on helping customers save money through energy efficiency and demand management programs.

The Gala, which will recognize individuals and businesses who have worked to build Michigan’s advanced energy sector, will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing, Michigan.

Michigan EIBC members and gala sponsors are invited to nominateNominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, August 31, 2018 and should be emailed to Nominations are now open for the following awards: Business of the Year, Emerging Business of the Year, Employer of the Year, and Public Official of the Year.

Sponsorship opportunities are available and interested sponsors should contact Nicole Forward at

For more information on the Gala, please check out the website.

Michigan EIBC’s 5th EV Convening

Michigan EIBC’s fifth EV Convening, which will focus on rate design and next steps, is coming up fast.
5th EV Convening
Wednesday, August 15, 2018 – 10am – 2pm
Michigan Agency for Energy Office
7109 W. Saginaw Highway, Lansing, MI 48917
Speakers will include Chris Nelder of the Rocky Mountain Institute, Michigan Energy Office Director Robert Jackson, and representatives from Consumers Energy and DTE Energy. Lunch will be provided.

We hope you can join us for this next installment in our conversation on the future of vehicle electrification in Michigan. Please register here.

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Michigan Energy Events
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.

Michigan EIBC’s Annual Energy Innovator’s Gala is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14, in Lansing. Nominations will be accepted until 5:00 pm on Friday, August 31, 2018 and should be emailed to mieibc@mieibc.orgSponsorship opportunities are available and interested sponsors should contact Nicole Forward at For more information on the Gala and to register, please check out the website.

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.

Join 500+ attendees October 18-19 in Vermont for REVitalize: Transforming Energy Further, Fast, Together with keynote speakers Katherine Hamilton, chair of 38 North Solutions, and Gordan Van Welie, president and CEO of ISO New England.

Attend the 2018 ACEEE Rural Energy Conference on October 22 in Atlanta, Georgia. 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
ARPA-E Announces Funding Opportunity to Support Upcoming Grid Optimization (GO) Competition. Full applications due Sept. 7