In a report released today, the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) identifies 2.6 gigawatts (GW) of coal capacity across six Midwest states considered uneconomic compared to cleaner alternatives, raising the possibility that some of those plants may close in coming years.
Amid ongoing debates over moving crude oil by rail versus pipelines, two new studies offer insight into the economics, health impacts and risks of the two sectors.
After Dynegy negotiates new pollution standard with Illinois EPA, advocates fear cleaner coal plants could close
Documents obtained by environmental groups show that Dynegy representatives were in close contact with Illinois officials as they drafted changes to Dynegy’s responsibilities under a pollution reduction agreement.
Clean energy advocates, utilities and policymakers frequently tout the benefits of energy efficiency and demand-side management. But driving utilities to invest in such programs at a meaningful scale is not easy in a marketplace where profits are still often largely driven by volume of sales.
Next week, an Illinois utility will seek permission from state regulators to lower its energy efficiency targets — in the name of social justice.
Advocates concerned about pollution from petroleum coke are concerned an Ohio professor’s study downplaying the risks will gain new prominence now that he has been named to a key EPA post.
Students at Northwestern University in Illinois prepare a fully solar-powered home they built as part of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon.
This summer, the filing for the first permit under new regulations has reignited debate over fracking in Illinois and concerns over the law’s ability to protect citizens and the environment.
Ameren Illinois’ request to scale back energy efficiency targets under a sweeping energy law passed last year is rooted, in part, in the longstanding divide between the Chicago area and “downstate“ Illinois.
After months of negotiations and surviving a contentious budget battle in the state legislature, the hard work of enacting Illinois’ comprehensive energy bill is underway.