Midwest Energy News

Covering the Midwest's transition to a clean energy economy

On the same day that a new study reported that more than 300 companies in Ohio are part of the supply chains for the wind and solar industries, lawmakers voted a bill out of committee that would make compliance with the state’s clean energy standards voluntary until 2020.
Posted: December 2, 2016, 12:00 pm
Utilities are increasingly turning to e-commerce, or allowing customers to shop for energy products online, as a way to boost energy efficiency program participation.
Posted: December 2, 2016, 12:00 pm
While the Sioux nation has been in the spotlight almost daily for its opposition to construction of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, it has much more quietly been pursuing renewable energy development on the Standing Rock Reservation and other tribal lands across North and South Dakota.
Posted: December 1, 2016, 12:00 pm
Minnesota-based consultant Michael Burr helps communities across the country develop microgrids and local energy projects to build resiliency.
Posted: December 1, 2016, 11:59 am
Michigan’s 2008 law requiring utility spending on energy efficiency programs continued to exceed targets in 2015, surpassing goals for cutting electric and natural gas use by roughly 20 percent and proving to be a good investment for ratepayers.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 8:00 pm
The electrical grid is looking more and more like a supercomputer. Just as Internet-enabled technology has transformed cars, phones and other everyday devices, big data and code are only beginning to reshape the megastructure that keeps the lights on.
Posted: November 30, 2016, 12:00 pm
Illinois’ sweeping energy bill may become law this week after an amended version was passed by a state House energy committee Tuesday.
Posted: November 29, 2016, 8:00 pm
Clean energy groups in Michigan are taking a variety of positions on a proposed statewide energy policy overhaul, but all agree the bills could be strengthened to encourage in-state renewable energy development apart from utilities.
Posted: November 29, 2016, 12:00 pm
Ohio lawmakers may advance at least one bill this week to further delay the state’s enforceable clean energy standards that have been on hold since 2014.
Posted: November 29, 2016, 11:59 am
Illinois' high court will hear a long-running dispute over plans for a $2 billion high-voltage transmission line to carry wind energy from the Great Plains to the eastern U.S. grid.
Posted: November 29, 2016, 11:58 am