Midwest Energy News

Covering the Midwest's transition to a clean energy economy

Wisconsin has stood out nationwide for state officials’ hostility toward solar and other renewable energy sources, but there are also numerous bright spots in Wisconsin’s clean energy landscape, including leadership by rural electric cooperatives in renewable development.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 12:00 pm
Threats to close nuclear plants in Illinois and New York triggered hundreds of millions of dollars in annual subsidies to keep the plants open in a last-gasp reprieve to save the jobs, taxes and carbon-free energy they produce.
Posted: January 17, 2017, 11:59 am
Smart “learning thermostats” can help reduce energy use and bills while increasing ratepayers’ comfort during harsh winter months.
Posted: January 13, 2017, 12:00 pm
Residents of a Minnesota city wondering if their rooftops of their homes and businesses have any potential for solar panels have a new web-based resource.
Posted: January 13, 2017, 11:59 am
Minnesota’s second biggest utility, Great River Energy, has begun to significantly ramp down the output of its largest coal plant as the market has shifted to wind power and natural gas production.
Posted: January 12, 2017, 12:00 pm
Iowa, followed by Illinois, topped a ranking released Tuesday by the nation's retail and tech sectors urging state governments to lower barriers to the further development of renewable energy. Ohio came in 8th.
Posted: January 10, 2017, 8:00 pm
In a flurry of filings last week, businesses, industry associations and consumer advocates asked Ohio regulators to reconsider an order they issued last month that said submetering can be regulated by the agency.
Posted: January 10, 2017, 12:00 pm
A Chicago-based clean tech accelerator is giving eight student-led startups the chance to win tens of thousands of dollars in early-stage funding and to compete in a national competition later this year.
Posted: January 10, 2017, 11:59 am
A new report from the national laboratories examined states' renewable energy goals and found that, while renewables add costs, they more than make up for it in avoiding pollution and saving water.
Posted: January 9, 2017, 12:00 pm
When the Abbott Power Plant began operation in September 1940, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was running for a historic third term, the Battle of Britain raged over London’s skies, and the cartoon character Bugs Bunny had only recently made his official debut. Seventy-six years later, the heat and power generation plant in Champaign, Il. still […]
Posted: January 6, 2017, 12:00 pm