Madison’s City Council adopted an ambitious energy plan at its meeting on Tuesday June 7, with only one no vote from the 20-member council.
A Minnesota community was recently named one of the eight finalists in the America’s Best Communities competition in part due to a focus on renewable energy.
Organizers of an annual clean energy tour in Ohio this weekend are hoping to use the event to persuade state lawmakers of the sector’s economic importance.
As lawmakers debate relatively modest renewable energy standards across the Midwest — or seek to halt them all together — clean energy groups, public officials and California researchers highlighted plans last month for the region to get to 100 percent renewables by 2050.
Clean-energy advocates say a Minnesota utility’s community solar program is a step in the right direction, but are also concerned it will limit developments from other entities.
An Iowa college that has been at loggerheads with its utility over interconnecting renewable energy projects may find it more economical to go it alone with energy storage.
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.
A potentially first-in-the-nation bill has passed the Minnesota House that would permit owners of large, ground-mounted solar sites to publicly declare them beneficial habitat for birds and pollinating insects.
In addition to increasing pressure to cut carbon emissions, many co-ops have suffered flat or falling demand for electricity for years, as well as a dwindling customer base.
Minnesota regulators received a proposal Thursday to fix what advocates say is a slow and outdated process for connecting renewable energy projects to the electric grid.