You won’t want to miss our amazing featured speaker this year
Stanley “Skip” Pruss is a principal and co-founder of 5 Lakes Energy LLC. Until August, 2010, Mr. Pruss was the Director of the Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth and Michigan’s Chief Energy Officer, where he was responsible for designing and implementing Michigan’s clean energy economy diversification efforts.
Skip also served as Governor Jennifer Granholm’s Special Advisor for Renewable Energy and the Environment, Michigan’s Chief Energy Officer, and Chair of the Great Lakes Offshore Wind Council. Prior to that, he was the Deputy Director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. Until 2003, Skip served as the Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Michigan’s Consumer Protection Division where he was also Chair of the Department of Attorney General’s Public Protection Practice Group.
Earlier in his career, Skip practiced environmental protection and natural resource law and served as legal advisor to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Skip litigated and brought to successful conclusion one of the largest natural resource damage cases in the country. The $172 million Ludington Pumped Storage Facility settlement resulted in the mitigation of fish mortality, conveyed thousands of acres of pristine waterfront properties to the State, and created the Great Lakes Fisheries Trust.
Skip has received numerous public service awards and citations including being named Leader of the Year in 2010 by the Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association, Guardian of the Great Lakes in 2009 by Clean Water Action, Conservationist of the Year by Michigan United Conservation Clubs and selection by the American Bar Association as a recipient of the Mary C. Lawton Award for Outstanding Government Service.