Grand Rapids Workshop on Feed-in Tariff Design

By Paul Gipe


There will be a workshop on Advanced Renewable Tariffs (feed-in tariffs) in Grand Rapids on Wednesday, December 17, from 1-4 pm at Cascade Engineering (near the airport).

The workshop will be led off by Paul Gipe on how a system of Advanced Renewable Tariffs could power a renewable energy revolution in Michigan. The presentation will describe the success of this policy in Europe, how it works, and why it’s time for Michigan to adopt a similar policy.

Following Gipe’s presentation, the Michigan Public Service Commission staff will describe how the state plans to implement its Renewable Portfolio Standard and an innovative energy conservation program.


Michigan Renewable Energy Program meeting scheduled for the afternoon of December 17, in Grand Rapids (at Cascade Engineering, 3400 Innovation Court SE,, from 1:00 to 4:00p. This meeting will also be available by teleconference and webconference, and MPSC Staff is taking a GMC Suburban from our parking lot, leaving about 11 a.m. We welcome carpoolers. Here’s the draft agenda for that meeting:

1:00 to 1:30 networking and casual conversation

1:30 introductions and welcome

1:45 to 2:45 Presentation on Advanced Renewable Tariffs (feed-in tariffs) by Paul Gipe (see

2:45 to 3:00 break

3:00 to 4:00 Michigan’s New Energy Policy Landscape

Presentations by MPSC Staff about Michigan’s new legislation for Energy Optimization Plans for natural gas and electricity suppliers and Renewable Portfolio Standards Plans for electricity suppliers. The Michigan Public Service Commission order regarding temporary rules for implementing the new laws was issued on December 4, in Case No. U-15800. Staff will review details about the implementation process at this December 17 meeting.