Energy Business Group Sets May 4 Member Meeting

LANSING — The Michigan Energy Innovation Business Council says new panelists are confirmed for its fourth annual member meeting, to be held Wednesday, May 4 at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center in East Lansing.

Non-members may also attend the meeting. Tickets are still available at this link. Tickets are $100 for EIBC members and $175 for non-members. There is also a $50 government rate.

The meeting will feature an opening dialogue with Patricia Poppe, who will become president and CEO of Jackson-based Consumers Energy on July 1, and Sally Talberg, chair of the Michigan Public Service Commission.

This full-day conference provides attendees an opportunity to network, learn about innovations in advanced energy, and get an overview on the latest policy developments in Lansing.

Panel discussions during the day will include:
* Innovations in Transportation: Electrification, Lightweighting, and Connected Vehicles
* Taking Advantage of the ITC/PTC: What Are the Next Five Years for Renewable Energy
* Media Perspectives Panel: Discussion of All Things Energy Related -Political Landscape, Legislation, and 2016 Elections
* How to Think Big in Small Places: Energy Innovations in Rural Communities, Industrial Parks, and Downtowns
* The Changing Landscape of Energy Efficiency: Demand Response, ESCOs, and Where We Go From Here

A partial lists of scheduled panelists includes:
* Andy Balaskovitz, reporting fellow at Midwest Energy News, Grand Rapids
* Mathias Bell, manager of market development and regulatory affairs at the Minneapolis utility software developer Opower
* Lawrence E. Brown, executive director of the American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute
* Myles Burnsed, director of business development at Oakland, N.J.-based groSolar
* Liesl Eichler Clark, president, Michigan EIBC
* Lawrence Drzal, director, Institute for Advanced Composites Manufacturing Innovation, Michigan State University
* Mattnew Felan, president and CEO of the Bay City-based Great Lakes Bay Region Alliance
* Scott Ferguson, project executive, director of sustainability, Rockford Construction, Grand Rapids
* Zachary Gorchow, editor, Gongwer News Service, Lansing
* Robert Jackson, loan and renewable energy program manager, Michigan Energy Office
* Emily Lawler, capitol and business reporter, MLive, Lansing
* Andrew S. Levin, founder and managing partner, Levin Energy Partners LLC, Detroit
*  Marc Lewis, vice president, regulatory and external affairs, AEP Indiana Michigan Power, Ft. Wayne, Ind.
* Doug Luciani, CEO, TraverseConnect, the parent company of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce and the multi-county economic development corporation Venture North
* Tim Mahler, vice president of operations, ClearResult, an Austin, Texas-based designer of energy efficiency programs and a provider of other services for utilities.
* Melanie McCoy, superintendent of the municipal utility Sebawaing Light and Water
* Kyle Melinn, news editor, Michigan Informaton and Research Service Inc. (MIRS), Lansing
* David W. Palsrok, government policy advisor, Dykema, Lansing
* Jim Saber, vice president, business and technology development, NextEnergy, the state of Michigan’s advanced energy industry accelerator
* J.R. Tolbert, senior director of state policy at the Washington, D.C. nonprofit Advanced Energy Economy
* Shane VanCise, energy solutions account executive, Johnson Controls Inc., Saginaw

Sponsorship opportunities are also still available, and most come with the opportunity to exhibit at the event. Please contact Nicole Forward at for more information.

Sponsors of the event include Consumers Energy, CleaResult, Invenergy, ITC Holdings Inc. and the Michigan Agency for Energy.

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