Midwest Energy News

Covering the Midwest's transition to a clean energy economy

A former coal plant in Joliet, Illinois is an example of the type of facility that can successfully be converted to natural gas. Not all plants are as ideal.
Posted: February 24, 2017, 12:00 pm
This week, a dozen businesses and trade associations sent a letter to Michigan lawmakers thanking them for increasing the state’s Renewable Portfolio Standard and strengthening the Energy Optimization Standard.
Posted: February 24, 2017, 11:58 am
Local leaders and many residents say they like the idea of nurturing clean energy technology in Bronzeville, and hope a planned microgrid can be a springboard for related community-driven projects.
Posted: February 23, 2017, 12:00 pm
Two advocacy groups have been working with Illinois utility ComEd to quantify the greenhouse gas emission benefits provided by smart meters, though the process is complicated and has drawn criticism from another major utility.
Posted: February 23, 2017, 11:59 am
As Michigan utilities and policymakers grapple with how to replace lost generation from retired power plants, a pair of recent studies suggest better management of demand can be a major part of the solution – saving ratepayers money in the process.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 12:00 pm
Despite moves at the federal level to cut environmental rules and programs, work is progressing on a major climate change report that will expand on previous research and draw upon state-specific information for Ohio and other states.
Posted: February 22, 2017, 11:59 am
Illinois regulators last week approved a plan by the state’s top utility to open up anonymized energy usage data to third-party companies and researchers.
Posted: February 21, 2017, 12:00 pm
Clean-energy advocates applauded a year ago when Missouri utility regulators approved new energy efficiency benefits aimed at a historically underserved population: owners of low-income and other multi-family properties. However, the excitement may have been premature.
Posted: February 20, 2017, 12:00 pm
A Michigan utility has withdrawn its plans for a $15 million statewide electric vehicle infrastructure network following concerns raised over the past several months by state officials, clean energy advocates and the private sector.
Posted: February 17, 2017, 12:00 pm
Two of the leading voices in the debate over legislation involving a proposed natural gas plant northwest of Minneapolis no longer actively oppose the bill.
Posted: February 16, 2017, 12:00 pm