Alternative Energy

Michigan is a hotbed of economic activity for many new ecomony industries. Case in point, Michigan is a leader in the field of Alternative Energy. The epicenter of the State’s research and development is the NextEnergy Center located in the heart of the global automotive industry mecca, Detroit, MI.

NextEnergy is a nonprofit, 501(c) (3) organization, founded in 2002 and capitalized with a $30.0 million seed grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. The Center’s initial charge was to implement an economic development strategy for the State of Michigan to accelerate research, development and manufacturing of alternative energy technologies (AET) to advance the Alternative Energy Technology (AET) industry in Michigan.

The Center is located in a new facility which opened in May 2005 near Detroit’s Wayne State University campus. NextEnergy is governed by a board of directors and operated by a small management and consulting staff to achieve the organization’s mission.

Within its short history, NextEnergy’s achievements include:

  • Built and opened the NextEnergy Center near Wayne State University
  • Built microgrid power pavilion & alternative fueling infrastructure
  • Executed common agreement with Big 3 automotive companies
  • Brought AET businesses to Michigan
  • Acquired millions of dollars for AET research in Michigan
  • Led development of a world-class curriculum to position Michigan’s colleges as national AET education leaders
  • Built strong relationships with industry, community, military and policy leaders that established NextEnergy’s credibility as a national independent AET resource.

NextEnergy has proven that it can achieve funding goals, deliver value to stakeholders and expand the application of knowledge about AET, while staying within budget. It is an organization that works.Alternative Energy Resources in Michigan!

Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth are leading the effort to develop more initiatives focused on manufacturing and business attraction through improved environmental performance.

The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) is the one-stop business assistance resource for any company already in Michigan or considering a location in the State providing services such as site location selection, permitting assistance, employee recruitment and training, and business incentives. MEDC also houses a wealth of information on Michigan industries including an on-line business guide which lists alternative energy businesses in the State of Michigan.
The Michigan NextEnergy Authority (MNEA) was created to promote the development of alternative energy technologies and to provide tax incentives for business activities and property related to research, development, and manufacturing of those technologies.
The State of Michigan Energy Office promotes energy efficiency and renewable energy resource development to Michigan’s residents, businesses, and public institutions. Located within the Energy Office, the goal of the Michigan Biomass Energy Program (MBEP) is to encourage increased production and use of energy derived from biomass resources through program reports, partnerships, technical assistance, and education.

An Overview of Biodiesel Fuel in Michigan

http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125–154869–,00.html

An Overview of Ethanol Fuel in Michigan

http://www.michigan.gov/mda/0,1607,7-125–154870–,00.html

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