In 2014, Ohio Senate Bill 310 temporarily rolled back renewable and energy efficiency standards. On its heels, state House Bill 483 significantly increased the property setback for wind turbines, thus increasing project costs. Now clean energy business executives and advocates say that money is flowing out of Ohio at a rapid rate as renewable energy companies look to greener pastures for their products and services.
A rural electric cooperative in Iowa has backed away from a plan to impose an additional $57.50 monthly fee on customers with solar panels.
FirstEnergy’s plan to make all of its Ohio utility customers essentially guarantee sales for certain coal and nuclear plants owned by its unregulated generation subsidiary is an even worse deal for consumers now than when FirstEnergy filed that proposal a year ago, say environmental advocates.
A Michigan lawmaker more widely known for his strongly conservative positions on social issues may be an unlikely ally for those pushing for more clean energy here. State Rep. Gary Glenn, a first-term Tea Party Republican, says he is preparing to release an energy package next month that would encourage distributed generation and allow ratepayers to buy renewable energy from alternative suppliers.
An experiment by Argonne National Laboratory in Central Illinois explores the potential of formerly overlooked plants such as willow and switchgrass for bioenergy feedstock, offering farmers a possibly lucrative use for difficult land and preventing nitrogen pollution to boot.
The Ludington Pumped Storage hydroelectric facility in western Michigan is a clean and renewable energy source that should receive credits for its ability to reduce carbon emissions, according to various state and federal lawmakers. But amid comprehensive energy policy proposals at the federal and state levels, debate swirls over whether the operation along Lake Michigan is actually clean or renewable.
In early June, workers began installation of a $3.5 million solar farm next to the Blue Lake Wastewater Treatment Plant, part of an ambitious plan by a Twin Cities regional government agency to use marginal land it owns for solar installations. Another solar farm and community solar gardens are also in the works.
A Michigan state Senate committee heard testimony Wednesday about SB 438, a Republican-backed state energy plan that would eliminate Michigan’s solar net metering program and replace it with a policy that reimburses customers at wholesale prices for energy sent back to the grid, after they have bought energy at retail rates.
The transition from burning coal for power to natural gas in Holland, Michigan is reducing carbon emissions and providing an added benefit: expansion of the city’s snowmelt system that keeps downtown streets, sidewalks and parking lots clear in winter.
A new PACE funding organization in Missouri has finalized its first loan just one month after its launch, and with at least $50 million in committed funding, it apparently has several more in the wings.
The Cleantech Open Midwest will now be part of St. Thomas University's Schulze School of Entrepreneurship. Cleantech Open Midwest was co-founded six years ago by Justin Kaster, who recently sat down to talk with Midwest Energy News.