Midwest Energy News

Covering the Midwest's transition to a clean energy economy

Ratepayers in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula could see up to a $24 million refund for costs they have paid to continue running a Wisconsin utility’s aging coal plant in Marquette, federal regulators ruled Thursday.
Posted: October 20, 2017, 12:00 am
Customers in Ohio and Nebraska are among those taking advantage of a new and simpler technique for connecting solar arrays and other renewable energy systems to the grid.
Posted: October 19, 2017, 11:00 am
A federal tariff case that could raise the cost of most new solar panels is already casting a shadow on parts of Ohio’s solar energy industry — but could also create new opportunities for one of the state’s manufacturers. The case before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) could result in a tariff on imports […]
Posted: October 18, 2017, 11:00 am
A major Minnesota utility’s electric water heater program is doing little to reduce carbon emissions -- but that could change with a more robust mix of renewable energy sources and green pricing initiatives, according to a new analysis.
Posted: October 17, 2017, 11:00 am
Less than a year after state funding for microgrids was rejected by the Illinois legislature, the utility ComEd is turning to ratepayers.
Posted: October 16, 2017, 11:00 am
A Chicago-area startup is garnering the attention of major industry players with a cloud-based platform for settling energy trades in the decentralized, digital 21st century.
Posted: October 13, 2017, 11:00 am
Despite Scott Pruitt’s claim that “the war on coal is over,” clean energy advocates say repeal of the Clean Power Plan is unlikely to bring back coal jobs to Ohio or revitalize the state’s coal-fired power plants.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 12:44 pm
Maintaining a tropical temperature for his turkeys, even through a Nebraska winter, used to cost Bill Bevans in the neighborhood of $60,000 annually. Not any longer.
Posted: October 12, 2017, 11:00 am
A plan by the Trump administration to rescue uneconomic coal plants has done little to ease the pall of anxiety hanging over two Ohio River counties.
Posted: October 11, 2017, 11:00 am
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.
Posted: October 10, 2017, 11:01 am