Michigan Businesses Form Group to Expand Advanced Energy Resources

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A group of companies headquartered in Michigan — including General Motors Co., Crystal Mountain, Dow Chemical Co., and Steelcase — has established the Corporate Purchasers Roundtable to facilitate the expanded use of advanced energy resources among businesses and large energy users.

The roundtable, led by the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, is also focused on identifying pathways that increase corporate advanced energy procurement in Michigan.

“Renewable energy and other advanced energy technologies are increasingly competitive,” says John DeAngelis, energy program manager at Steelcase. “The Corporate Purchasers Roundtable will help accelerate those opportunities to procure these low-cost resources in Michigan.”

The Corporate Purchasers Roundtable recently filed comments with the Michigan Public Service Commission over a pending DTE Energy request that would amend the company’s renewable energy plan by adding a voluntary renewable energy pilot program.

Members urged DTE to offer opportunities to procure advanced energy resources at terms comparable to those already available in the competitive market.

“As home to some of the world’s largest companies seeking to power their operations with advanced energy, Michigan can be a leader in turning corporate energy procurement goals into reality,” says Liesl Eichler Clark, president of Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council. “Through the Corporate Purchasers Roundtable, we are creating opportunities for these companies and others to access advanced energy in Michigan, and in the process, improve the competitiveness of Michigan’s business climate.”

Corporate buyers of advanced energy, regulators, non-governmental organizations, and renewable energy solution suppliers came together in February at the Third Annual Michigan Energy Conference in Detroit to discuss pathways that would facilitate greater access to renewable energy.

During the conference, businesses such as GM, Dow Corning, Whirlpool Corp., Herman Miller, and Switch said increased opportunities for advanced energy procurement not only provide a hedge against potential energy price volatility, but also drive future decisions about site selection and corporate expansion.

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