Second of seven scheduled energy forums held at GVSU
Caroline MacGregor February 26, 2013 | WGVU Input from a
series of seven forums, including Monday's, will be gathered, assimilated and
digested by policy makers who use the information to make critical decisions about the
state’s energy future.
started off with presentations from First Energy Solutions, ITC Holdings, The
Michigan League of Conservation Voters, MI Energy Innovation Business Council
and the Salvation Army before being opened to public comment. Energy efficiency, renewable energy, state regulations among
the topics tackled by presenters during the well attended gathering. Existing data and
studies will also be considered by Governor Snyder when he offers recommendations
on the state’s energy future in December.
with the MI Energy Innovation Business Council says lowering costs drives
innovation which further reduces costs. He gives the example of one single
technological breakthrough - moving the hubs of tower turbines from 70 to 100
meters off the ground, enabling an increase of 23 percent increase in
capacity or power output - thanks to better wind quality - which equals a 55
percent increase in energy production for turbine.
“So lower costs will mean more people will want to be engaged in this space. The more people that are engaged in this space, you come up with new technological breakthroughs that further reduce the cost.”
John Potvin is
with Midwest Energy Group, a company that helps clients identify, design and
implement energy efficiency projects. They rely heavily on incentives through
utility companies as well as state and federal incentives. He attended the
forum looking for commitment to those incentives as the state moves toward
getting 25 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2025.
“It was important for us to hear that the state of Michigan and the utility companies that represent us here are committed to energy efficiency and going to continue with some of the programs that help customers that want to do energy efficiency projects - really get them to that tipping point of actually being able to afford to install those measures to get them the energy efficiency they hope to achieve.”
to Michigan become more competitive with other states.
"As evidenced by the speakers today, we realize we are not that competitive when it comes to the Midwest states and who surrounds us and that plays a huge part in having businesses locate here for future expansion. It's important that we tackle this because business owners today truly look at every single line item"
that Mi is a peninsula but robustly interconnected to power systems in other
states was emphasized several times. The next public forum will be held at
Delta College – University Center in the Saginaw/Bay County areas. All forums
are held from 1pm to 5pm. More information can be found at www.Michigan.gov/energy.
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