Michigan Energy Forum

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About the Michigan Energy Forum

The mission of the forum is to facilitate collaboration and networking among practitioners, policy makers, investors and talent. We welcome suggestions on topics and speakers for future events, which can be sent to Alissa@AnnArborUSA.org.

Event Schedule

February 6 - A Pragmatic Approach to Climate Change 

March 6 - The Michigan Energy Entrepreneurial Ecosystem 

April 3 - Distributive Storage

May 1 - Renewable Portfolio Standards: Can We Talk? 

June 5 - Energy & Water Nexus

September 11 - Brewing With Clean Energy

October 2 - Alternative Fuel Technologies: Innovation in Michigan

November 6 - Energy Jobs & Education

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.​

The Michigan Energy Forum will not meet in January, July, August, or December.

Michigan Energy Forum Committee

Mark Barteau, U-M Energy Institute
Joshua Brugeman, NextEnergy
​Alissa Carpenter, Ann Arbor SPARK
Liesl Clark, 5 Lakes Energy
Russell Conard, Ornicept
Nicholas Cucinelli, Detroit Innovate
Sofia Franciscus
​Todd Nelson, NEXTEnergy
Scott Phillips, The Inovo Group
Laura Palombi, Clean Energy Coalition
Roland Scott, ArborWind
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.