Energy Theme

A resilient energy system has a diversity of energy sources, with an emphasis on renewable energy, such as wind and solar. A smaller, more regional system is less vulnerable to interruption of service from outside forces. A locally controlled system has tighter feedback loops, so that the system can be more easily modified as conditions and demand change. The public has more control over the system since it is managed by local elected officials. Locally developed rules are written to encourage innovation, conservation and experimentation. The energy generation is a mix of public and private sources. The system is designed to take advantage of its region's natural attributes, such as windy areas, fast-moving rivers or the ability to grow biomass materials.

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A Leading Chamber

Doug Luciani, CEO & President of TC Area Chamber of CommerceDoug Luciani, Executive Director of the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce joins this conversation to detail a number of the local Chamber initiatives. From local food to energy policy this Chamber seems to 'get it' when it comes to understanding our difficult future and decisions that need to worked on, now, in preparation. Collaboration is the name of the game for this Chamber as it works with a wide range of community stakeholders.

New Name - ICR: Investigating Community Resilience

ICR logoBeginning with this show  OUTSIDE IN  becomes  ICR: Investigating Community Resilience. A new name reflecting a more direct link to our content. Bob Russell returns to look around at how the term is being used increasingly and to help clarify our focus. We also highlight web-based resources that showcase resilience work going on in other communities. This discussion also looks ahead at broad areas of success and need in resilience development locally.

Outside In - Exciting Energy Progress in NW Michigan

Outside In moves to a discussion of local energy programs with Mike Powers from the SEEDS organization and Brian Beauchamp of Michigan Land Use Institute. Mike reviews a program just wrapping up, advising multiple levels of government in a ten county region in NW Michigan, on energy conservation and efficiency planning. Brian discusses a brand new program just starting in a targeted neighborhood in Traverse City whereby more than 1000 home owners can get both planning and financial assistance for making their homes more energy efficient. The discussion turns to governance issues as both Brian and Mike share their experience working on these programs. Energy issues, often because they can be equated to dollar savings, offer a working example of local and regional developments where many stake holders, network, respond and engage to solve definable problems in the public sphere

Ric Evans, Paradigm Energy Services, joins Dave

This weeks guest is Ric Evans owner of Paradigm Energy Services, a local business that offers energy audits for home owners and commercial property owners alike. The discussion covers the difference between simple energy conservation and true increases in energy efficiency. Both can save property owners energy costs but Rick points out how much better increases in efficiency really help to keep dollars in the local economy. A portion of the show is a video presentation of one of Ric's actual energy audits done on a Traverse City house showing a number of the steps involved.

Ed Bailey joins Dave to talk Energy

This discussion centers on energy issues. Ed Bailey, Director of Technical Education Services at NMC, joins Dave for the discussion. Ed is also the Convener of the Grand Visions Energy Network. Ed talks about the continuing need for energy education so individuals can see their own role in making energy changes. Dave wonders if the education effort readies people for the real need to cut back on total energy use. "Nimby-ism" is also discussed.  For energy production to become diverse and widely distributed with local input and control some developments must go in our backyard.

Tom Karas talks to Dave about Local Feed-In Tarriff (FIT)

This conversation is about energy. Tom Karas of the Michigan Energy Alternatives Project is in to talk with Dave about local energy discussions and to explain what feed-in-tarriffs for local electrical generation are, how they work and why they are needed. Michigan has had discussions at the state level regarding mandated, statewide feed-in tariffs though there has been little progress. Tom explains that even a local electrical utility like Traverse City Light and Power can always choose to apply feed-in tariffs on their own. David Long is in for the second segment of the show talking about a proposal for a massive wind farm development in Benzie county. Long is a Benzie resident and leader of a group working to raise public awareness of the impact an industrial sized wind farm could have on the community and environment.

Jim MacInnes joins Dave Barrons on Outside In

 This week Dave Barrons hosts Jim MacInnes, CEO Crystal Mountain Resort & Spa. They discuss the future of tourism in a carbon constrained world as the effects of climate change become more apparent.

Outside In with Richard Heinberg and Stephanie Mills

Stephanie Mills, well known author and teacher from Cedar, Michigan returns and brings along a colleague of hers at the Post Carbon Institute, Richard Heinberg. Mr. Heinberg is internationally recognized as one of the foremost authors and lecturers on the subject of Peak Oil. His writings include nine books and numerous articles and lectures. Today's discussion of energy transition begins with the question "Where are we on the time-line of history in this era of energy transition?". You can also watch his presentation entitled “The Truth About Energy, the Economy and You” from his talk on September 17, 2010 at the Oleson Center, Northwestern Michigan College.