Crystal Hosts Conference on Michigan’s Future

Experts from Around the Country will Present and Exchange Ideas

THOMPSONVILLE, MICH – Next month, Crystal Mountain is again hosting the Conference on Michigan’s Future: Energy, Economy, and Environment. The three day conference will bring together leaders from business, industry, government, and non-profit organizations to explore the complex and interdependent relationships between energy, our economy and the environment from a Michigan perspective. The conference is being organized by Aaron Wissner of Local Future, Michigan a non-profit educational organization.

This year’s conference speakers include: Charles A. S. Hall, professor of systems ecology at the State University of New York; Marija Ilic, professor of computer science and electrical engineering at Carnegie-Mellon University; Skip Pruss, formerly the deputy director of the MDEQ and chief energy officer for Michigan; Paul Isley, associate dean for the college of business at Grand Valley State University; and Peter Sinclair, a climate science communicator.

“We have an outstanding lineup of speakers for this year’s event,” says Jim MacInnes, Crystal Mountain’s CEO and himself a presenter at this year’s conference. “One particularly important topic that will be discussed is how to reliably incorporate intermittent renewable generation into the power grid at low cost.”

"Energy, economy and environment are always intimately connected," said Wissner. "Understanding the complexities and realities of these connections is key to building the sustainable infrastructure of the future."

Conference sponsors include Consumers Energy (CMS), ITC Holdings, the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, and the Association for the Study of Peak Oil, USA.

The Conference on Michigan’s Future will be held November 1-3, 2013 at Crystal Mountain’s Crystal Center. Conference details, including a list of speakers and registration information, can be found at http://www.futuremichigan.org/.

Established in 1956, Crystal Mountain is a family-owned, four-season resort that is nationally recognized for its skiing, golf, and award-winning spa. Located in northwest lower-Michigan, a short drive from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the resort features downhill and cross-country skiing, Michigan Legacy Art Park, 36 holes of championship golf, a variety of lodging and dining options, countless year-round activities and kids programs, an IACC-approved conference center, weddings, real estate and Crystal Spa.

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