The Centrepolis Accelerator at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield announced it will develop a map of the renewable energy industry in Michigan under a $299,965.46 grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).
The Michigan Clean Energy Assets Roadmap (CEARP), expected to be developed during a 12-month period, will be focused on wind, solar, and geothermal products and technologies currently in Michigan, along with supply chain and market analysis.
“The EGLE sponsored Michigan CEARP will focus on opportunities to decarbonize the commercial building and manufacturing facility sectors,” says Dan Radomski, executive director of the Centrepolis Accelerator at LTU. “We will investigate the potential for fuel switching options utilizing renewable energy systems and energy efficiency technologies.
“The project will also analyze market adoption impediments and supply chain analysis. We have an exceptional, experienced team that will help make insightful recommendations for the state to help us decarbonize commercial buildings and manufacturing facilities in Michigan.”
The study will be looking at how these renewable energy systems can help decarbonize the commercial building and manufacturing plant sectors and will propose actions for improving market adoption of renewable energy systems while optimizing the value chain for economic development benefit.
The Michigan CEARP will include a directory that will list Michigan companies offering renewable energy products and services – in solar, wind, and geothermal — and will also evaluate Michigan’s renewable energy value chain.
Partners in the project include the Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council (MEIBC), a trade association for renewable energy businesses; 5 Lakes Energy, a Lansing-based policy consulting firm; SearchLite, an innovation consulting firm with offices in Ann Arbor; the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association (GLREA); and the Michigan Geothermal Energy Association.
The findings of this report will provide EGLE and the Council on Climate Change Solutions with critical information needed to support Michigan’s statewide strategy for decarbonization. The project will be guided by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Executive Directive 2020-10, which established the goal of carbon neutrality by 2050. This directive also comes with an interim goal of 28 precent reduction below 2005 greenhouse gas emission levels by 2025.
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