SOUTHFIELD, Mich., April 7, 2009 – The recently enacted energy legislation could transform Michigan’s economy. It has the potential of optimizing the way we use energy and providing opportunities for more jobs and a healthier economy.
The 2009 Energy Conference and Exhibition sponsored by The Engineering Society of Detroit (ESD) and DTE Energy will feature Monica Martinez, Commissioner, Michigan Public Service Commission, who will present on ways to “Optimize Michigan’s Energy Future.” Martinez will discuss the new energy legislation, how it could give Michigan’s utilities additional incentives to use local businesses for carrying out the new initiatives, and how it will assist in refreshing the state’s economy and expanding its workforce.
Martinez was appointed by Governor Jennifer M. Granholm to the Michigan Public Service Commission on July 3, 2005 for a six-year term. She has since sponsored initiatives on several critical issues including education and awareness, energy efficiency and renewable energy and low income and senior citizen energy assistance. More recently, she participated in deliberations and discussions leading to the passage of the state’s most comprehensive energy legislation enacted to date.
Prior to her appointment to the commission, Martinez served as the Deputy Director of the Governor’s Legislative Affairs Division. Her career also includes positions in the Michigan Senate Democratic Office as a senior policy advisor where she specialized in telecommunications, energy, human services, and family law policy issues and at the Alumni Association of the University of Michigan and U of M Dearborn’s Center for Corporate and Professional Development.
The DTE/ESD Energy Conference is the largest conference of its kind in Michigan. It will feature exhibitors, educational tracks (including a track dedicated to small business issues), as well as energy awards and an executive strategy session featuring CEOs from some of Michigan’s largest companies.
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