This morning, the sun rose all across the United States of America, as it has every day since Election Day. We are no doubt a changed nation. The coming days and weeks will begin to show the depths and direction of that change. But today, the sun is generating power – clean, cost-effective power, thanks to solar PV projects on rooftops and fields in communities across America. The economics of solar and energy efficiency remain as strong today as they did before Election Day.
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.
It makes no difference on which side of the aisle you stand, energy reform is necessary. There are solutions to our antiquated model of energy production – solutions that conservatives can and should embrace.
Utilizing the “idle” ground associated with solar farms, whether 1,000 sq ft or 1,000 acres, to create habitat surely seems like the right thing to do.