1. Michigan has had success recently with district and campus-scale installations of ground source heat pumps for facility heating and cooling. While still considered nascent compared to other sources of renewable energy, geothermal energy has significant potential, and market adoption of this technology could accelerate if policy, education and technical training headwinds are addressed. Come listen to three interesting and diverse perspectives of these issues from panelists who are in the trenches.

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  2. The Solar Energy industry is alive and well! New projects, technologies and opportunities are driving the industry to new directions and achievements; ranging from the very successful Solar City IPO to expansion of DTE’s Solar Currents Program. Get the latest insights and trends in the Solar industry from an expert panel including Rachel Tronstein Former Deputy Director, Sun Shot Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy; Skip Pruss; Former Director of the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and Dave Strand COO Ovshinsky Solar LLC.

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  3. Natural gas has dropped in price drastically in the last several years thanks to new drilling technologies such as "fracking." This change in the economics of power generation is prompting manufacturers to explore gas powered co-generation and prompting utilities faced with an aging fleet of coal fired power plants to consider replacing them with gas powered electrical power plants in light of their cheaper costs. Burning less coal could reduce polution and GHG emissions, but fracking raises some concerns about ground water and safety. We discussed the impact of fracking on natural gas prices and its impact on our fuel source mix and the economic opportunities, environmental impacts, regulations, and concerns being raised by this technology and market dynamics it is facilitating.

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  4. Energy efficient lighting could be the next big thing for investors and manufacturers in Michigan. Lighting efficiency upgrades are estimated to yield 20 times the ROI as compared to other energy investment alternatives. Michigan is projected to invest $270 million annually in energy efficiency projects by 2015. Come to the Michigan Energy Forum to learn how businesses and organizations are working to make Michigan the industry leader in energy efficient lighting.

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  5. Michigan voters will face a choice on an amendment to the Michigan constitution which establishes a renewable portfolio standard objective of 25% by 2025 for electricity providers. The current Michigan standard is 10% by 2015. There are issues of jobs, economics, environment, law, and flexibility to be examined by our panelists. This informative forum session educates all those who attend on the Pro’s and Con’s of this major piece of proposed energy legislation. What is it? What are the Pro’s and Con’s? Understand the implications of a constitutional amendment.

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This session is part of a monthly panel discussion and networking event series hosted by the Michigan Energy Forum, and sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK. The mission of the forum is to facilitate collaboration and networking among practitioners, policy makers,…


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This session is part of a monthly panel discussion and networking event series hosted by the Michigan Energy Forum, and sponsored by Ann Arbor SPARK. The mission of the forum is to facilitate collaboration and networking among practitioners, policy makers, investors, and professionals in the Michigan region. Please join us and take notes on best practices from our panels exhaustive experience.

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