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.
The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported that a developer is considering a lawsuit against Xcel Energy for stalling progress of community solar in Minnesota. “Stall” is generous. In fact, Xcel has obstructed the roll-out of community solar in a deliberate slow walk. It’s been 27 months since the law took effect, but the utility’s own resource plan says it expects just 1 in 7 completed community solar applications (about 40 megawatts) to reach commercial operation after another 15 months, when the 30 percent federal solar tax credit expires. The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission has been outplayed by the utility’s stall tactics, detailed below.
The 2016 presidential campaign offers Midwest voters and businesses an opportunity to promote local clean energy policies on a national stage that will have a positive impact our economy and environment.