Dr. Gilbert Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice, where he conducts energy policy and economic development research with Ohio University’s Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment and Economic Development Administration University Center. His research focuses on state and local renewable energy policies, as well as economic and workforce development, with a particular focus on solar and community energy, net metering, and electric utilities.
Dr. Michaud serves as principal investigator on an American Electric Power project to evaluate the economic impacts of solar energy deployment in Ohio. Other applied research activities have included economic contribution research for a shale innovation project, an Ohio energy job trends report, a regional innovation cluster project to study Ohio’s wood products, and economic development strategic plans for various regional communities, among many other projects funded by the Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Energy, and Appalachian Regional Commission. For his research portfolio, Dr. 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.
Dr. Michaud has published numerous academic articles in journals such as the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, The Electricity Journal, Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment, and The Review of Regional Studies, among many other scholarly venues. He is author or co-author of nearly 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 Bloomberg Law and S&P Global. 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.
Dr. 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.
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