Midwest Energy News

Covering the Midwest's transition to a clean energy economy

Nonprofit institutions across Wisconsin are taking advantage of third-party financing to help pay for solar energy installations, despite the lack of a clear statewide policy.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 11:00 am
With targeted investment in companies and policies focused on improving energy efficiency, Minnesota’s energy sector could grow to support 26,000 jobs a year, according to a new report.
Posted: June 26, 2017, 10:59 am
A look behind the scenes at the Invenergy Control Center in downtown Chicago, where the clean-energy company controls its fleet of wind turbines, natural gas generators and energy-storage systems across North America.
Posted: June 23, 2017, 11:00 am
The North American power grid is reliable and resilient despite the growth of variable, renewable energy sources as well as an increasing risk of both cybersecurity and physical threats, according to a new analysis.
Posted: June 22, 2017, 11:00 am
Nearly a year after advocates raised transparency concerns over the hiring of two companies to study Enbridge’s Line 5 pipeline in the Straits of Mackinac, the state has canceled its contract with one of the firms, citing a conflict of interest.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 4:00 pm
Ohio’s budget bill reported out of the Senate Finance Committee Tuesday comes with an amendment that would expressly authorize extra charges to ratepayers to support utilities’ financial health.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:48 am
An effort is underway in a small Iowa city to create a municipal electric utility that would supplant the service now supplied by Alliant Energy, an investor-owned utility -- the latest in a series of similar efforts around the country.
Posted: June 21, 2017, 11:00 am
As Ohio lawmakers move to advance a bill to subsidize two 62-year-old coal plants, a report released this morning confirms older coal power plants’ ongoing difficulty competing against those fueled by natural gas.
Posted: June 20, 2017, 10:00 am
Advocates say recent regulatory changes in Michigan could spur more solar energy development from independent producers and ensure existing renewable energy generators are paid fair prices from utilities for their power.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 11:00 am
Despite relatively low electricity prices in the Midwest, utilities based in Minnesota and Illinois are among the most energy efficient in the country, according to a recent report by the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy.
Posted: June 19, 2017, 10:59 am