Dr. Gilbert Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University, where he primarily teaches courses in the school’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program. His applied research portfolio focuses on renewable energy policy, electric utilities, state politics, and economic and workforce development. Dr. Michaud also holds a Visiting Faculty and Scholar position at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
Previously, Dr. Michaud served as principal investigator on an American Electric Power (AEP) grant project to evaluate the economic impacts of solar energy deployment in Ohio. Other funded research activities have included economic impact studies for utility-scale solar developers, an Ohio energy job trends report, and many other projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Small Business Administration, and U.S. Economic Development Administration. For his applied 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. In 2019, he 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.”
Dr. Michaud has published numerous academic articles in journals such as the International Journal of Energy Research, Journal of Environmental Planning and Management, The Electricity Journal, Renewable Energy Focus, 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 Environmental Quality, and Appalachian Partnership, Inc., and has been quoted in several national news media outlets, including NPR, Bloomberg Law, S&P Global, and WalletHub. He serves as a board member for both Solar United Neighbors of Ohio and Virginia, as well as on multiple committees for the American Solar Energy Society. Dr. Michaud has also served as a guest editor for a special issue of Solar Energy Journal focused on solar economics and policy for climate action.
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 Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), as well as an advanced certificate in Data Analytics from Cornell University.