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.
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.
Nebraska state Sen. Al Davis, a Republican, says his state is running out of time to establish a wind industry, which he believes can help financially struggling rural communities.
By early 2016, the country’s tallest wind-turbine tower — and one of only a very few made from concrete rather than steel — will be operating on a wind farm in southwestern Iowa, according to an announcement today by MidAmerican Energy.
According to the Michigan Public Service Commission, the amount of new wind contracts in the state may have peaked by 2014 due in part to the state's renewable energy standard leveling off.
Patrons of a Minnesota winery will be sipping reislings and reds next fall under lights powered by a microgrid if all goes according to a plan developed by the University of St. Thomas.
Production tax credits for privately developed renewable energy projects have been snapped up in Iowa – but that hasn't always translated into actual renewable energy production.
Letha Tawney of the World Resources Institute explains how a $1 million gift from Invenergy will help spur new business models to drive clean energy growth.