Midwest Energy News

Covering the Midwest's transition to a clean energy economy

A two-year legislative process to reach compromise on wide-ranging energy bills in Michigan will now turn into a two-year implementation period as state officials, utilities and stakeholders comply with provisions in the new laws.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 11:00 am
Illinois regulators have launched a collaborative, statewide effort to share knowledge and build consensus around the myriad challenges facing a modernizing, 21st-century power grid.
Posted: March 27, 2017, 10:59 am
Madison, Wisconsin’s resolution to power the entire city with 100 percent renewable energy is wider-ranging than most because it covers not only electricity but also heating and transportation.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 11:00 am
Any day now, President Trump is expected to issue an executive order attacking key climate and air standards, including the Clean Power Plan — America’s first-ever nationwide standards to reduce carbon pollution from power plants. But the new administration does not reflect all Republicans’ attitudes toward the environment and cleaner power — far from it.
Posted: March 24, 2017, 10:59 am
One of Nebraska’s largest utilities is scheduled to meet with stakeholders today to begin developing a vision for its first community solar project.
Posted: March 23, 2017, 11:00 am
A Chicago-based startup is trying to address a major engineering challenge with the electric grid by redesigning one of the most fundamental substances in the universe: ice.
Posted: March 22, 2017, 11:00 am
Clean energy groups won a victory last week after Minnesota regulators approved a long-range plan by Otter Tail Power Company that will double its investment in wind power and close a coal plant within the next five years.
Posted: March 21, 2017, 11:00 am
The Minnesota Legislature is considering two bills that could add an $85 to $125 annual fee for electric vehicle drivers.
Posted: March 20, 2017, 11:00 am
Large buildings throughout Chicago are getting more efficient, trimming energy costs and reducing emissions, according to recently released data from the city. However, the early data also suggest several major properties are still struggling to improve their energy performance as measured by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star program.
Posted: March 16, 2017, 11:00 am
Changes to state energy law nine years ago have “allowed more ways for utilities to propose rate increases for customers to pay,” Ohio Consumers’ Counsel Bruce Weston told state lawmakers on Tuesday.
Posted: March 16, 2017, 10:59 am