Clean energy advocates are upset that Wisconsin regulators want to use funds from the Focus on Energy program — meant for energy efficiency and renewables — to address the state’s broadband internet crisis.
New Illinois energy legislation was a product of negotiation and compromise, but many details still have to be worked out.
Illinois’ sweeping energy bill may become law this week after an amended version was passed by a state House energy committee Tuesday.
Some clean energy advocates are hopeful that what they call a “landmark, historic” victory is imminent on Illinois’ hotly debated massive energy bill after key compromises have been reached.
The complex and vast mosaic of interests at play in a massive proposed Illinois energy bill was showcased during a state House energy committee hearing that lasted for more than six hours Wednesday.
Illinois legislators today introduced a long-awaited massive energy bill that would provide subsidies to keep nuclear plants and coal plants running and introduce a controversial demand charge, along with fixing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard, increasing energy efficiency investments and other measures.
Beer and bread aren’t the only products that rely on the transformational powers of yeast. The prospects for cellulosic ethanol becoming a commercially available clean transportation fuel could also hinge on yeast’s ability to ferment corn stalks, switchgrass, wood chips or other fibrous feed stock.
A relatively inconspicuous company has played a significant role in the innovation and build-out of the country’s grid over the past century, including the development of the smart grid in the Chicago area and across the continent today.
While there are multiple contentious aspects of proposed Illinois energy legislation, including a subsidy to keep the state’s nuclear plants running, the demand charge has been a major sticking point.
A decision by Wisconsin regulators to allocate efficiency money to rural communities “underserved” by broadband internet access raises questions about how it will be spent.