Environmental groups won a partial victory last week in their campaign to make sure Peabody Energy cleans up its coal mines.
Advocates who live near the BP refinery outside Chicago say recent fines for pollution violations are "less than a drop in the bucket" for the company.
An Illinois energy expert says the former State Line coal plant near Chicago would be an ideal site for a small modular reactor.
The Big Three automakers and the U.S. Department of Energy are banking on Illinois startup company SiNode Systems to help them develop the light, energy-dense batteries needed to accelerate the spread of electric vehicles, increasing the distance electric vehicles can drive between charges and making the technology more affordable.
Critics say the Illinois Smart Solar Alliance, which was recently founded by Chicago-based ComEd, is little more than a front group created to push controversial, utility-backed legislation in Illinois. However, the alliance’s supporters say the group is helping bring access to solar power for low-income communities — something they say has been missing from the traditional “big green” movement.
A treasure trove of energy savings and environmental benefits sit untapped in reams of data from smart meters that show individuals how to cut their energy use. The data also reveal larger insights about the value of different efficiency investments, potentially sparking a vibrant, competitive efficiency market.
Sharing ratepayers’ energy usage data in real time with third parties could help drive a more efficient and responsive energy grid and potentially allow residential customers to participate in demand response.
As coal advocates seek to keep their industry viable amid tighter restrictions on carbon emissions, an Illinois researcher says a new spin on a 150-year-old technology might hold the solution.
At a utility industry gathering in Chicago, executives acknowledge the changes they're facing but remain resolved to maintain their "central planning" role going forward.
Madison’s City Council adopted an ambitious energy plan at its meeting on Tuesday June 7, with only one no vote from the 20-member council.