Energy Experts Converge for Energy Futures Conference


ANN ARBOR — An engaging discussion with energy experts regarding industry trends and forecasts that will affect decisions about Michigan’s energy future will be held at the University of Michigan Ross Business School on June 26. 

The first annual Michigan Energy Futures Conference is hosted by NextEnergy, the University of Michigan – Erb Institute, Growth Capital Network, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council, 5 Lakes Energy and the Institute for Energy Innovation.

The event will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. and will feature a variety of keynote speakers and panel discussions, including:

  • Ronald Binz, principal, Public Policy Consulting at 9:50 a.m.
  • Phyllis Cuttino, director, Pew Charitable Trusts, Clean Energy Program at 1 p.m.
  • Janet Peace, vice president of markets and business strategy, Center for Climate and Energy Solutions at 3 p.m.
  • Grid-Based Technology and Business Model Innovation at 10:20 a.m.
    • Moderator: Jean Redfield, president and CEO, NextEnergy
    • Panelists: Stu Bresler, vice president of market operations and demand resources for PJM, and Lisa Wood, Executive Director of Edison Electric Institute
  • Innovative Utility System Resources at 1:30 p.m.
    • Moderator: Dan Scripps, president, Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council
    • Panelists: Frank Lacey, vice president of regulatory and market strategy for Comverge; Greg White, Michigan public service commissioner; and Tom Catania, executive in residence of the Erb Institute

Retiring Michigan Public Service Commission Chairman Orjiakor Isiogu will also be honored during the conference.

Follow the conference on Twitter using hashtag #mienergy.