For solar energy in Wisconsin, the last 24 months have been nothing short of electrifying. After the best-year-ever in 2015 led by installations on businesses and homes, 2016 started with a jolt when La Crosse-based Dairyland Power Cooperative committed to 14 large projects scattered across the full length of western Wisconsin. About half of these projects will be fully operational by the end of February, and the remainder before July. Projects by Alliant Energy, Bayfield Electric Cooperative and Madison Gas & Electric delivered the next pulse of sun-generated power. Their installations span the state from Iron River near Lake Superior in the north to Beloit by the Illinois border in the south. Large arrays placed on 16 Wisconsin stores owned by national retailer Target also contributed to the ongoing surge of solar generation.
Ever notice how sometimes you can stare at a puzzle for a long time and never notice the obvious piece that puts everything in perspective? Well, that’s been happening with all the arguments about the value of consumer generated electricity, and especially rooftop solar.
While the United States of America is the most powerful nation in the world, many of our young men and women in uniform will argue that we are still not free of control by a distant ruler. The modern oppressor we face today is oil.
To usher in a new era of local, clean and equitable energy, supporting solar needs to be a national priority and the Midwest is well positioned to take the lead.
In the Midwest, young conservatives are finding common ground on clean energy with some old political hands.
Minnesota was an early adopter of many renewable energy and energy efficiency policies, but now many states are recognizing the value of these policies in catalyzing economic development.
Michigan consumers are tired of not having choices and many want a different option than the legacy utility companies.
The utility death spiral and contentious debates over fixed charges and who pays for the grid have been debates central to the utility industry over the last several years.
Last week, Congress reached agreement on a multi-year extension of tax credits for renewable energy production, an action that is welcome news for the wind and solar industries in the Midwest.
There is a bill under consideration by Congress that stands out as an example of both sound policy and good politics.
The Advanced Energy Centre at MaRS Discovery District and Coalition: Energy in Chicago are both testing and refining the use of an intentional convening process with the energy industry.