When commercial real-estate firm Zeller Realty Group bought a postmodern staple of Chicago’s iconic skyline in 2014, it faced an energy-inefficiency quagmire.
A new pilot project from Illinois’ largest utility is bringing energy storage out from behind the substation and into the neighborhood.
At a Chicago conference, participants try to figure out who should pay for grid modernization efforts and how to quantify costs and benefits that are often intangible or based on a constantly shifting mosaic of variables.
Regardless of how regulators resolve their investigation into an April 2 earthquake in southeastern Ohio, drilling and well operators in the area will almost certainly need to do more careful monitoring and reporting in the future, now that there’s a known seismic risk. “Any time an earthquake occurs, that’s an indication that there’s a fault there,” said geologist Michael Brudzinski at Miami University in Oxford. The magnitude 3.0 quake on April 2 took place at 7:58 a.m. in the Marietta unit of Wayne National Forest in southeastern Ohio. “We hadn’t really seen [an earthquake] in the area where this one occurred” in April, with the exception of the two events of magnitudes of 2.3 and 1.8 on December 12, 2016, Brudzinski noted. Nearby oil and gas activities are on hold pending further investigation by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources.
A bill that would allow utilities to impose additional fees on customers with solar panels is headed to the Missouri Senate after having passed the House by a large margin. Nonetheless, a couple of clean-energy advocates who’ve been lobbying against the bill don’t think it will proceed.
Advocates want to know why Ohio utilities paid average prices that were about 70 percent more for each renewable energy credit than competitive suppliers spent in 2015.
A recent analysis finds that areas that have seen significant wind energy development — such as Gratiot County and Michigan’s “Thumb” region — have also had some of the greatest property value increases.
Despite a directive from Iowa’s utility regulator to develop a new tariff likely to foster more distributed generation, one of the state’s largest utilities once again has offered up a plan that appears likely to achieve the opposite.
A recent order by President Trump has put the Ohio Attorney General’s office in the unusual position of siding with the U.S. EPA.
Michigan State University researcher Kyle Powys Whyte has published essays and scholarly articles on how the Dakota Access project represents what he describes as an ongoing form of U.S. colonialism over Native Americans.