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Upper Peninsula Energy Conference


Monday, November 09, 2020
2:00 p.m.– 4:30 p.m. EST


Online via Zoom


Jim Lively

UP Energy Conference

This conference will build awareness and interest among opinion leaders in the Upper Peninsula about opportunities for clean energy solutions that will work in the U.P., and mobilize that enthusiasm to call on the U.P. Energy Task Force for policies and programs that will support a faster and more beneficial transition in the U.P. And while it will be a virtual online conference, it will also promote more networking among U.P. leaders to encourage collaborative efforts and learning about clean energy.


Welcome & Introductions of Planning Team and Key U.P. Stakeholders
Conference Moderator: Richelle Winkler, Michigan Tech University,
Professor of Sociology and Demography

​U.P. Tribal Nations as Clean Energy Leaders

Bryan Newland, Bay Mills Indian Community Chairman

​Update and Message From the U.P. Energy Task Force

Liesl Clark, Chair of the U.P. Energy Task Force, and Director of Michigan Department of Energy, Great Lakes and Environment

Overview of U.P. Energy Needs and Opportunities

Douglas Jester (invited), 5 Lakes Energy and U.P. Energy Task Force member

Is Renewable Energy Good for My Community?

Dr. Sarah Banas Mills, Graham Sustainability Institute & Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan;

Michael Larson, Michigan Energy Options/ U.P. Energy Task Force moderator

Bradley Pischea, Michigan Project Director, Land & Liberty Project


Review Upcoming Clean Energy Presentation Series


This virtual conference is free and open to the public.



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