Michigan Communities Flip the Switch Toward Clean Energy
Understanding transitions to renewable energy systems in eight rural Michigan communities requires converging expertise and lived experiences. Energy systems are often as unique as their communities; while hydropower might work for a community along a river with a significant vertical drop, other communities might be better positioned for bioenergy. The risks and barriers to renewable energy transition are also contextually specific. To better understand how communities convert to renewable energy sources, researchers at Michigan Tech are teaming up with Michigan State University and eight Michigan communities, both rural and urban, both tribal and non-tribal.
Additionally, the project goes beyond the community energy component to lay the foundation for a new field of study: socio-technological system transitions. Funded by a $3.7 million National Science Foundation grant, “GCR: Collaborative Research: Socio-Technological System Transitions: Michigan Community & Anishinaabe Renewable Energy Systems” (MICARES), explores the social, cultural and technological dimensions of energy system transitions.
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