Hearings on how to shape the future of the grid in Ohio continue this week with Phase 2 of the Public Utilities Commission of Ohio’s PowerForward initiative.
Retired Minnesota utility executive Will Kaul saw major changes throughout his four-decade career siting generation and transmission projects while also helping to usher in a wave a renewable energy.
Adding more energy storage in Minnesota could reduce the need for more fossil fuel power plants and significantly reduce greenhouse gases, according to a new University of Minnesota report.
As smart meter usage expands, so do questions about the ways utilities and other companies can harness energy data to advance grid technology.
Electric utilities aren’t traditionally seen as players in school transportation, but several across the Midwest are backing the push to use Volkswagen settlement funds for electric school buses.
The first electric school bus in the Midwest will begin transporting students in a suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul school district this fall.
Advocates say an Indiana utility’s plan to delay the installation of new wastewater pollution controls at its largest coal plant is among the first clear effects of President Trump’s aggressive rollback of environmental regulations.
Critics say an Ohio court decision last week underscores the urgency of a pending bill to address unfairness under current law, while opening the door to more efforts by utilities to shift the economic burdens for past pollution to today’s customers.
Developers of a wind energy transmission line have another shot at gaining the regulatory approval they need in Missouri, a state where the project has faced strong opposition.
A Minneapolis community solar garden developer has begun building five projects aimed at reducing electricity costs for low-income consumers.
Jigar Shah, the founder of solar company SunEdison, is credited with helping transform the industry in the early 2000s by allowing customers a pay-as-you-go model for installing solar panels, opening the door for widespread adoption. After leaving SunEdison, Shah in 2014 co-founded his latest venture in San Francisco-based Generate Capital, a specialty finance company focused on sustainable infrastructure within the food, energy, water and materials sectors. Amid the “Resource Revolution” — which the company sees as an opportunity to transform the productivity of systems that power society — Generate Capital took Shah’s SunEdison concept and applied it to an “Infrastructure-as-a-Service” model for both companies and municipalities that might struggle with upfront capital costs. Earlier this year, Generate Capital bought a state-of-the-art biodigester facility in rural West Michigan for $4.4 million after the facility abruptly closed two years ago, despite initial fanfare. Financial specialists say the facility, which opened in Fremont, Michigan in 2012, was overbuilt at $22 million.