Dr. Gilbert Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. In this role, he conducts economic impact analyses and energy policy research affiliated with Ohio University’s U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center and the Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment. Overall, his research focuses on economic and workforce development, as well as state and local renewable energy policies, with a particular focus on solar energy valuation methodologies, net metering, and community solar programs. Secondary research interests include industry clusters, cooperative organizations, state politics, and epistemological pluralism related to public policy theory.
In addition to teaching policy analysis and public-private partnerships courses in the Voinovich School’s Master of Public Administration program, Dr. Michaud serves as principal investigator on an American Electric Power project to evaluate the economic impacts of solar energy deployment in Ohio. He also co-leads a statewide professional certificate program with the Ohio Economic Development Association and a regional innovation cluster project to study Ohio’s wood products cluster with Appalachian Partnership, Inc. Other applied research activities have included an Ohio energy job trends report, the creation of an economic development strategic plan for the City of Belpre, Ohio, a retail market study for the City of Wellston, Ohio, and economic contribution research for a shale innovation project funded through the Ohio University Research Division, among many other projects funded by the EDA, U.S. Department of Energy, and Appalachian Regional Commission. For his energy and economic development research portfolio, Dr. Michaud was awarded a university wide faculty sustainability research award from Ohio University’s Office of Sustainability.
Dr. Michaud has published numerous academic articles in journals such as the Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, Current Sustainable/Renewable Energy Reports, Strategic Planning for Energy and the Environment, The Review of Regional Studies, and the Journal of Extension, among many other scholarly venues. He is author or co-author of over 70 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 Food & Water Watch. He serves as a board member for Solar United Neighbors of Virginia and Ohio, as well as on the technical review committee for the American Solar Energy Society (ASES), the nation’s largest solar energy organization and U.S. section of the International Solar Energy Society (ISES). Dr. Michaud is a member of numerous professional and academic organizations and serves as a reviewer for several energy and public policy journals.
Prior to his academic career, Dr. Michaud worked as an economics content author for Sapling Learning, Inc., as well as the lead researcher for the Energy & Power segment of U.S. Business Executive Journal. He holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of Southern Maine, and an M.S. in Community Economic Development from Southern New Hampshire University, where he focused on community wind energy cooperative programs. 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, where he was a nominated member of Pi Alpha, the National Honor Society for Public Affairs and Administration, and specialized in community solar policy and program evaluation.