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Liesl Eichler Clark

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Gubernatorial Roundtables Kick Off in Michigan with Gretchen Whitmer

Posted by Liesl Eichler Clark

June 2018

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This is a guest post from the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, AEE’s state partner.

On June 4, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) and Institute for Energy Innovation (IEI) held the first in a series of gubernatorial candidate roundtables in Michigan. The business leaders from Michigan EIBC and AEE sat down with former senator Gretchen Whitmer to discuss energy policy. Whitmer, of Lansing, is the former Ingham County prosecuting attorney and minority leader of the Michigan Senate. Michigan EIBC has reached out to all of the major party candidates to request similar off-the-record briefings, and we look forward to additional meetings in the coming weeks. 

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Topics: Gubernatorial Engagement 2018

In Michigan, Electric Vehicles Provide the Chassis for Mobility of the Future

Posted by Liesl Eichler Clark

February 2018

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This is a guest post from AEE’s state partner, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. To learn more about Michigan EIBC, click here. To learn more about AEE’s nationwide coalition of state and regional partners, click here. 

With the pace of technological innovation accelerating, mobility is changing rapidly. Transportation is becoming more connected, more autonomous, and more shared, particularly in urban environments. Electrification is the enabler of this transformation, facilitating this combination of automation, advanced computing, and sharing in the way we get around. That makes electric vehicles (EVs) more than an alternative to gasoline-propelled cars. It makes them the platform for the next phase of human mobility.

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Topics: Guest Post, Advanced Transportation

In Michigan, Wind Equals Economic Opportunity

Posted by Liesl Eichler Clark

June 2017

This is a guest post from AEE’s state partner, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. To learn more about MiEIBC, click here. To learn more about AEE’s nationwide coalition of state and regional partners, click here. 

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What industry hires veterans at a rate 50% higher than the national average, boasts the fastest growing job category in the nation, and is expanding in Michigan? If you guessed wind energy, you’re right. Like everywhere else, Michigan’s energy mix is changing due to improvements in technology, evolving market conditions, and energy policies that lead the way forward, taking advantage of opportunities. The modern electric grid has served us well, but like other infrastructure in the country, it can be improved with new technologies – advanced energy technologies. Last year, Michigan was considering giving up on advanced energy, but instead doubled down, increasing its renewable portfolio standard from 10% to 15% and extending its energy efficiency standard through 2021. Now, fair winds are blowing – and Michigan is reaping the benefits.

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Topics: State Policy Update, Guest Post

At Summer Break, Michigan’s Energy Legislation is Far from Settled

Posted by Liesl Eichler Clark

June 2016

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For nearly two full years, the state of Michigan has been debating its energy future. Just before Memorial Day, legislators finally took a committee vote on a comprehensive package of legislation that would have a dramatic impact on the state’s electric power system. With the legislature now adjourned for the summer, there is still much to be determined: The House has its own package and work remains to be done on the Senate floor. Much progress has been made thus far to improve these bills and provide greater market certainty for advanced energy companies. What else is needed comes down to priorities. Advanced Energy Economy and the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (Michigan EIBC) have four we consider key to an advanced energy future for Michigan.

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Topics: State Policy Update

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