LANSING -- Michael Anderson, a student at the University of Michigan Stephen M. Ross School of Business from Kingsford, has been selected to be a member of the 2018 Michigan Conservative Energy Forum (MCEF) class of research fellows. The MCEF Fellowship Program, which was incepted in 2017, consists of a group of outstanding college students aiming to engage and inform state policymakers and the public alike on the latest energy policies and trends affecting citizens across the state.

A junior in U of M’s Bachelor of Business Administration program, Anderson is studying financeand accounting. He serves on the executive board of the College Republicans at the University of Michigan as treasurer while also serving as the founding vice president of the Yooper Club. “Themost rewarding part of being a conservative from the Upper Peninsula at U of M is being able to provide additional perspectives and create diversity of thought in what would otherwise be a leftist echo-chamber,” says Anderson.

As an MCEF fellow, Anderson will be focusing his research on how the retirement of the Presque Isle Power Plant (PIPP) will affect the citizens of the U.P. After speaking with members of hiscommunity, Anderson recalls that, “many Upper Peninsula Power Company customers worry about the PIPP closure and what it will mean for their electricity bill at the end of the month. Energy has been and continues to be a hot topic in our community and I believe it is important to make the public aware of the changes scheduled to take place over the coming months andhow the U.P. can benefit from them.”

The MCEF Fellowship Program will give Anderson and three other fellows opportunities to learn about Michigan's energy landscape and how conservative energy policies can create jobs, expand our economy, improve national security and responsibly make use of our natural resources. Fellows will also meet regularly with the MCEF Leadership Council, join educational meetings with legislators and candidates and participate in grassroots events to strengthen their professional network and develop skills for a broad range of careers.

For more information about the program, or to inquire about the application process for 2019, contact Joanna Lewis at jlewis@micef.org. To learn more about the Michigan Conservative Energy Forum, visit www.micef.org.

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About MCEF: The Michigan Conservative Energy Forum is an organization comprised of conservativeswho believe that Michigan should adopt a true “All of the Above” energy policy that includes an increasein our commitment to renewable energy and energy efficiency. MCEF believes encouraging diverse and clean energy production and reduced energy waste will create jobs and stimulate Michigan’s economy, reduce our reliance on foreign energy, improve our national security, and protect our valuable natural resources. http://www.micef.org/

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