A paper co-authored by a Wisconsin economist says regulators have economic levers at their disposal that can guide utilities toward green energy development while improving returns for shareholders.
A potentially first-in-the-nation bill has passed the Minnesota House that would permit owners of large, ground-mounted solar sites to publicly declare them beneficial habitat for birds and pollinating insects.
A subsidiary of global clean energy developer Renewable Energy Systems is considering property in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula for what would be the area’s largest wind energy project.
An Iowa program that helps send energy experts into small communities has uncovered more than $1 million in potential savings.
In addition to increasing pressure to cut carbon emissions, many co-ops have suffered flat or falling demand for electricity for years, as well as a dwindling customer base.
A Minnesota utility is helping six communities create energy plans that engage residents and businesses in reducing the power their homes and buildings consume, as well as to promote renewable energy.
Minnesota regulators received a proposal Thursday to fix what advocates say is a slow and outdated process for connecting renewable energy projects to the electric grid.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission is preparing to finalize a package of rules governing pipelines, and neither the oil industry nor landowners are happy.
A key component of energy plans being pushed through the Michigan Legislature has been unfolding with the state’s largest municipal utility since October — and with a mixed reception.
ALSIP, Illinois — “We take them down and then we get our hands on them and put them up again,” said electrician master trainer Harry Ohde, gesturing at the 54-kilowatt (kW) array of ground-mounted solar panels glistening blue in the sunshine. Some of the panels were missing, stripped down to the ground mounting. Soon, students at the IBEW-NECA technical training institute in the south Chicago suburb of Alsip would be reassembling them. “It’s all hands-on training.”
Next to this solar array is an 18-kW solar carport, with panels on the roof that power electric vehicle charging stations below. There’s also a 3-kW dual axis solar array that moves throughout the day to track the sun.
In addition to a countywide moratorium, a controversy over the removal of trees for a Minnesota solar project has prompted an amendment in the state legislature.