Renewable Energy Policy Program


The Land Policy Institute's Land Policy Research Program created the Renewable Energy Policy Program to provide science-based renewable energy policy information, data, research, analysis and outreach to stakeholders. The program explores the role of renewable energy in enhancing a clean energy future of Michigan and on the role of innovative land uses in paving the way for new energy development. Through numerous initiatives, the program explores:

  • Effective renewable energy policies; 
  • The economic development potential of renewable energy; 
  • Land use connectivity of new energy forms; 
  • Renewable energy development constraints and strategies to address them; and
  • Development of decision support tools.

The program also focuses on lowering and removing barriers to renewable energy development in Michigan.


  • To understand the potential of renewable energy in the national economy.
  • To identify and inventory the best renewable energy resources in Michigan and to deliver that information to stakeholders.
  • To provide timely science-based decision support for Michigan.
  • Building a network of experts that can serve as a resource for decision makers.
  • To educate policy makers and the public on renewable energy, its land use implications and its potential in the global economy.


Benjamin Calnin
Informatics and Decision Support Coordinator, Land Policy Research Program
517.432.8800 Ext. 107

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