Wind energy development is leading to increased tax bases for some Michigan counties and millions of dollars for rural landowners in the form of land lease payments, according to an industry report.
A conservation group has identified three Midwest wind projects among ten nationally that it says show a need for greater regulation to protect birds.
Although a new jobs report shows Ohio with a net gain in clean energy jobs last year, most of those jobs were for out-of-state projects.
Taking its company name from a magic spell in the Harry Potter series, Michigan-based Accio Energy is developing new offshore wind systems that are “summoning energy out of the air.”
A proposal in South Dakota would spread tax benefits from wind farms across the entire state, diminishing a key selling point developers have with landowners.
As tomorrow's grid is reshaped with more wind farms, solar arrays and gas-fired plants, experts warn that new regulation will be needed to ensure that these resources provide the frequency support and other essential services.
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.
While corporations across the country increase their commitments to run on renewable energy, companies in Michigan still face significant obstacles.
Stronger renewable energy standards are needed in Michigan, even though prices for renewables are declining and becoming more competitive with fossil fuels, advocates say. While some Republicans argue that wind energy no longer needs government support and that market forces will drive renewables, others say legislation remains key to guiding the state's energy future.
Vermont and Wisconsin are kindred spirits in many ways, with lush rolling hills dotted with dairy farms and a history of populist politics. In recent years, though, the states have charted very different paths, particularly on energy.