Graham Sustainability Institute

Graham Energy Futures Initiative

Renewable energy development is one of the greatest economic opportunities that rural communities have seen in decades. The income farmers receive from hosting wind or solar developments can really help them survive the uncertainties that come with the job. Wind and solar are drought-proof crops.

Sarah Mills,  PhD, Project Lead and Senior Project Manager at Graham

A  partnership with the State of Michigan to achieve a cleaner electricity grid

Transitioning society away from fossil fuels is a complex challenge with technical, social, economic, and political components. The Graham Energy Futures Initiative draws upon University of Michigan’s world-class research across disciplines—in engineering, natural systems, social sciences, climate science, business, law, public policy, and more—in collaboration with external partners from the public and private sectors, to provide sustainable solutions to solve the challenge.

A flagship project of this initiative focuses on community energy management in Michigan. In a partnership with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE), the Graham Energy Futures Initiative is helping communities across Michigan plan for energy infrastructure—from solar and wind energy projects to energy efficiency and electric vehicle infrastructure.

We assist communities by providing templates, case studies, and answers to common questions about how clean energy infrastructure impacts communities. We can also provide technical assistance through in-person presentations, phone and email consultations, and webinars. This work builds on earlier work, specifically on wind energy from U-M’s Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy (CLOSUP).

For more information or to request technical assistance, contact Dr. Sarah Mills at 734-763-0726 or by email to sbmills@umich.edu.

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