Michigan Energy Forum

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About the Michigan Energy Forum

The Michigan Energy Forum is an information-sharing and networking group focusing on energy technologies, policies, and opportunities of interest to the Michigan entrepreneurial community.  It meets on the first Thursday of each month*, 5-7pm at SPARK Central.

*There is no Forum in the months of January, July, August, and December

Event Schedule

February 5 - Shale Gas Issues and Opportunities

March 5 - What's Next with The Internet of Things and Energy Innovation?​

April 2 - Balancing BEMS (Building Energy Management Systems)

May 7 - RESILIENCE! A Cross Cultural Perspective On Your Best Defense from the Impending Zombie Apocalypse​ 

June 4 - What's Next in Nuclear Energy?

September 10 - Michigan Solar Industry Update – Policy and Market Trends

October 1 - Waste to Energy

November 12 - Financing Energy Efficiency in Communities

Registration begins at 5:00 p.m., with refreshments and networking until the presentation begins at approximately 5:30 p.m. The program concludes at 7:00 p.m.​

Michigan Energy Forum Committee

Mark Barteau, U-M Energy Institute
Brindley Byrd, MEECA
Joshua Brugeman, NextEnergy
Liesl Clark, 5 Lakes Energy
Nicholas Cucinelli, Detroit Innovate
Michael DiRamio, ICF International
Sofia Franciscus
Laura Palombi, Michigan Saves
​​Alissa Steiner, Ann Arbor SPARK
Ian Stines

Michigan Energy Forum Chairs

Lee Gorman, Barton Consulting Services, LLC
William Schikora PLLC, Environmental Law 

Program Format
A prominent member of one of the region’s energy discussion will moderate each program. The moderator will invite up to three co-panelists, who will bring their industry expertise to the program topic.

The program begins with a brief presentation by each of the panelists on a particular aspect of the program topic, based on his or her expertise. The remainder of the program is an interactive question and answer session with audience participation. 

Ann Arbor SPARK Live-Streaming
Michigan Energy Forum is live-streamed each month on our website during the time of the event.  Archived videos of the events can also be viewed 48 hours after the event at our video library here

Also check out Ann Arbor SPARK's Slide Share account for Presentations from the Michigan Energy Forum panels. 

Meeting Place
Programs are held at SPARK Central, 330 East Liberty, Lower Level, in downtown Ann Arbor.

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