Ohio University

Gilbert Michaud, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor of Practice
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Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs

Areas of Expertise

Community Renewables
Economic Development
Electric Utilities
Electricity Regulation
Energy Policy
Industry Clusters
Net Metering
Public Policy Theory
Solar Energy
State Politics
Wind Energy

Expert Bio

Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs, where he conducts research on renewable energy policies, electric utilities, and economic and workforce development.  He also holds a Visiting Faculty and Scholar position at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Previously, Michaud served as principal investigator on an American Electric Power (AEP) project to evaluate the economic impacts of solar energy deployment in Ohio.  Other applied activities have included an economic contribution study for a shale innovation project, an Ohio energy job trends report, and a regional innovation cluster project to study Ohio’s wood products, among many other projects funded by the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and Appalachian Regional Commission.  For his applied work portfolio, Michaud was awarded a faculty sustainability research award from Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability, as well as a Midwest Energy News 40 Under 40 award, both in 2018.  In 2019, he also won the “Best Article of the Year” Award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for his paper, “Non-utility photovoltaic deployment: Evaluation of U.S. state-level policy drivers.”

Michaud has published numerous academic articles in journals such as the International Journal of Energy ResearchJournal of Environmental Planning and ManagementThe Electricity JournalCurrent Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, and Regional Science Policy & Practice, among many other scholarly venues.  He is author or co-author of over 80 technical, white paper reports and commentary articles, including ones for Solar United Neighbors, the Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, and the Appalachian Partnership for Economic Growth, and has been quoted in several news media outlets, including NPRBloomberg LawS&P Global, and WalletHub.  He serves as a board member for Solar United Neighbors of Ohio and Virginia, as well as on the technical review committee for the American Solar Energy Society.

Expert Gilbert Michaud

Michaud received a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University, as well as an advanced certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University.

Expertise at a Glance

Michaud is an expert in economic development, energy policy, state politics and community renewables. His research focuses on state and local renewable energy policies, as well as economic and workforce development, with a focus on solar energy.

Media Placements

  • NPR
  • Bloomberg Law
  • S&P Global
  • The Parkersburg News and Sentinel