If utilities and policymakers heed the findings of two recent reports from grid managers and planners, the next two decades will look a lot like 2012 — with wind and other renewables continuing to outpace new fossil-fuel generation.
These days many big-city mayors are moving to reduce energy and water usage. But Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard is a Republican in a conservative state where the coal-mining industry and coal-burning utilities are potent political forces. What drives his push for sustainability?
The Midwest has the potential for a thriving clean energy industry, but only if policy-makers can create coherent policies at the state and federal level, clean-energy experts say.
New legislation in the Indiana Senate would ensure a healthy, guaranteed profit in perpetuity on utility investments in wires, telephone poles, substations, and other parts of the transmission and distribution infrastructure, and ratepayer advocates and environmentalists are crying foul.
Willett Kempton says that by 2030 the grid could be powered almost entirely using a mix of wind (both on- and off-shore), solar and grid-scale energy storage, and that this grid would be both affordable and reliable.
For most of last year, homebuilders waged a pitched–and ultimately, losing–battle in Illinois against a new state building code that’s one of the most energy-efficient in the nation. The new code went into effect on January 1, creating headaches for some home builders, but also opportunities for others in the construction sector. Building codes are state or local rules that provide technical standards about how builders should construct new buildings. By tightening requirements for insulation, window and door construction, and the like, new buildings can be sealed better than older buildings, which reduces the energy required to heat and cool them. Every three years the International Code Council publishes a new version of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC).
Three environmental groups have sued the state of Illinois in a last-ditch effort to stop a controversial frac sand mine from being built near Illinois’ most-visited state park.
Environmentalists and health professionals say Ohio’s law protecting gas company trade secrets also makes it nearly impossible for doctors, nurses and emergency medical technicians to get the chemical information they need in time to protect patients.
A coalition of environmental, ratepayer and religious groups say the costs of relying on coal-fired power are too steep for central Indiana ratepayers to bear.
A free, interactive database of company fracking reports released Wednesday offers a new tool to answer fundamental questions about fracking operations nationwide.