Brief biographical note[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
Current Appropedia interests and projects[edit | edit source]
- Community Benefits Planning and Community Benefits Agreements
- Community Resilience Hubs
- Community Solar
- Ecovillages & Intentional Communities Energy and Climate Action Research Project [New June 2023]
- Energy Equity
- Grid Architecture for Energy Ladder Products and Services [New September 2023]
- Geospatial Energy Mapper program ("GEM"), previously known as the Energy Zones Mapping Tool.
- Open Source Development of solar energy and “energy ladder” projects and services. See To Catch the Sun, and, https://shareyourself.org/open-source-energy-ladder-products-and-services
Current research interests and projects[edit | edit source]
- Greeenhouse Gas Offsets standards, certifications, and accounting, and beneficial uses for greenhouse gases
- Microgrid and remote mini-grid policies for utilities and their regulatory authorities
- Public utility regulatory innovations platforms. New: Report published May 2023: Regulatory Innovations Platforms for Public Utilities, Report for NARUC Regulatory Training Initiative, https://pubs.naruc.org/pub/1A227DC9-F406-1BAC-E7E6-89C1BD0DDDE9?mc_cid=329a1801ee&mc_eid=6dafbe97e0
- Participant in National Community Solar Partnership (US DOE and National Renewable Energy Laboratory, on-line community with nearly 1,700 registered members as of 15 July 2023)
- Member of National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine study committee, 2022-2023, for U.S. Congress: New: Report published June 2023.https://www.nationalacademies.org/our-work/the-role-of-net-metering-in-the-evolving-electricity-system
Major interests[edit | edit source]
- United Nations Sustainable Development Goals of primary interest and emphasis:
- Donut Economics
- The Natural Step -- link to Canadian Chapter because they have good information introducing the concepts and good sources for additional information
- Open Space Technology, system for meetings where participants self-organize quickly and work together to accomplish things
- Pattern Languages:
Links[edit | edit source]
- Academia.edu — https://nrri.academia.edu/TomStanton
- LinkedIn — www.linkedin.com/in/tsstanton/
- Researchgate.net — https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tom-Stanton-2
Affiliations[edit | edit source]
- Appropriate Technology Collaborative -- volunteer, contributor, supporter
- Great Lakes Renewable Energy Association -- Member.
- Michigan Energy Options -- former board member (1991-2005); current supporter.
Friends and colleagues who are also Appropedia Contributors[edit | edit source]
- Western University [London, Ontario, Canada] Professor Joshua M. Pearce