Driven by Republican support, Michigan lawmakers advanced a pair of comprehensive energy bills Wednesday that seek to put more restrictions on the state’s electric choice program and limit clean energy standards.
A bill to extend the “freeze” of Ohio's renewable energy and efficiency standards also contains provisions that would undermine solar growth in the state, advocates say.
Dr. Katharine Hayhoe spends a lot of time trying to convince fellow conservative Christians that climate change is real, human-influenced and a global crisis—and that it is their duty as members of the faith to act.
In the Midwest, young conservatives are finding common ground on clean energy with some old political hands.
Nebraska Republican Rep. Jeff Fortenberry's says his home geothermal system is an example of "the way of the future."
A group of prominent Minnesota conservatives have formed the Minnesota Conservative Energy Forum (MnCEF) in order to reshape the debate over clean energy policy. The nonprofit plans to focus less on global warming and support for fossil fuels and more on developing a roadmap for moving in a clean energy direction. “We really need to have a conservative policy debate about how to shape the energy future with the new technology available now,” said David Strom, MnCEF’s project director. To that end, the organization captured the support and involvement of former state Senate majority leader and small business owner Amy Koch; GOP Sen. John Pederson; St. Cloud State University economics professor King Banaian; Jason Adkins, executive director of the Minnesota Catholic Conference; Ben Gerber, executive director of the Minnesota Renewable Energy Tracking System; and several others.
Advocates for environmental groups and the wind industry say an Ohio lawmaker’s arguments for keeping tougher wind turbine restrictions are flawed and inconsistent with how other forms of energy are treated, especially fossil fuels.
Critics of the ethanol industry are emboldened by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz's victory Monday in the Iowa Republican presidential caucus, but not everyone agrees the win spells political trouble for the industry.
Measures aimed at fostering more solar energy have been filed in the Missouri General Assembly and, according to one legislator, are likely to generate more enthusiasm than the chilly reception they got last year.
A successful seven-year clean energy program and the declining prices of wind and solar power mean there is less urgency heading into 2016 as Michigan lawmakers continue work on a new statewide energy policy.