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).