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Tom Stanton is an independent clean energy policy consultant. He is founder and principal researcher for Community Energy Solutions, LLC, which is a newly formed Michigan company.

Mr. Stanton was previously Principal Researcher for Energy and Environment, at the National Regulatory Research Institute (NRRI), where he worked from fall 2010 until NRRI's permanent closure on June 30, 2022. NRRI provided regulatory policy research and educational services for the 50 states and U.S. territory agencies that are responsible for public utility regulation, like the Michigan Public Service Commission.

Tom specialized in policy research for distributed energy resources, energy efficiency, renewable energy, grid modernization, and global climate change. A life-long resident of Michigan, prior to joining NRRI Tom worked for Michigan state government for over 32 years, with 10 years at the State Energy Office and over 22 years as a member of the Michigan Public Service Commission Staff.

Mr. Stanton has been an instructor in both in-person and internet-based NRRI training events and related workshops or conferences in over a dozen states and multiple countries. Tom has been an adjunct professor at both Western Michigan University and Michigan State University, where he has been an instructor for both graduate and undergraduate college courses. Tom is presently a member of the Board of Directors for the Capital Area Friends of the Environment (, a mid-Michigan environmental advocacy group.

Mr. Stanton earned a B.A. in Communications and M.A. in Journalism, both from Michigan State University, and an M.S. in Public Administration from Western Michigan University.

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