Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council holds energy roundtable

Published: Sep. 19, 2017 at 6:02 PM EDT
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Because of an energy law passed last December, Michigan utility companies are now required to make long-term energy plans.

To help them make informed decisions, the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council held an energy roundtable Tuesday. The roundtable, held in Northern Michigan University’s University Center, discussed the latest energy trends. Topics included energy efficiency, micro-grids, and recent advances in solar and wind power.

“As a starting point, we want to know what’s out there, what are the current cost trends, what's economic, what can meet the needs of people here in the U.P. in the most cost effective way,” said Dan Scripps, President for the Institute of Energy Innovation.

The roundtable was held in preparation for a hearing hosted by the Michigan Public Service Commission, also held Tuesday. The hearing was the last of three, to gather public input on energy guidelines.