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The Renewable Energy Renaissance

The real Renaissance is in renewable energy whose sources could meet 25% of the nation's energy needs by 2025. Renewable technologies can help restore political and economic stability as well as save money…and the planet.

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Tuesday
Jul092019

FERC now expects big drop for US fossil fuels, nuclear power over next 3 yrs, major growth for renewables

Wednesday
Jun052019

All this good renewable and efficiency news reported in a single day by Midwest Energy News

SOLAR:
• Three years after the Dakota Access pipeline protests in North Dakota, tribes are pushing for more solar energy in the region. (Rolling Stone)
• Anheuser-Busch signs a power purchase agreement for a 222 MW solar project that will help it meet its goal to purchase 100% renewable energy. (Greentech Media)
• A city in southeastern Nebraska considers whether to partner with other cities on a jointly owned solar project. (KWBE)

EFFICIENCY: A new ordinance in Des Moines, Iowa, requires about 800 buildings to report their energy usage to the city in an effort to promote energy efficiency. (WHO-TV)

STORAGE: Battery storage will play a larger role in Wisconsin as utilities rely more on renewable energy. (WUWM)

CLIMATE: Presidential contender and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee discusses climate change and transitioning from fossil fuels during a campaign stop in Detroit. (Michigan Advance)

CLEAN ENERGY: Cleveland is among U.S. cities with a strong push for clean energy despite a lack of federal and statewide policy. (GreenBiz)

Tuesday
Jun042019

Good news galore!

As reported on a single day, by Midwest Energy News:

ELECTRIC VEHICLES: Illinois lawmakers approve a road-funding plan that increases annual electric vehicle fees to $248, far lower than the $1,000 originally proposed. (Chicago Tribune)

SOLAR:
• Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announces a policy to allow commercial solar projects on farmland preservation property if they incorporate pollinator-friendly habitat. (Bridge Magazine)
• Developers seek to use solar panels as a sound barrier along a Minnesota interstate. (KSTP)
• A company wants to bring flying solar-powered pods to Madison, Wisconsin, as a form of microtransit. (WKOW)
• A fellowship program from southeast Asia studying energy and environmental policy visits a landfill solar project near Cleveland. (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

STORAGE: A city in northeastern Nebraska plans to install a 1.5 MW battery at a 2.3 MW solar site. (Sioux City Journal)

RENEWABLES: Washington governor and presidential candidate Jay Inslee says Iowa is a model for creating renewable energy jobs. (Des Moines Register)

WIND: North Dakota regulators will hold a public hearing this month on a proposed 205 MW wind project. (Bismarck Tribune)

COMMENTARY:

• The CEO of Consumers Energy says sustainability is a key pillar to helping grow the state’s economy. (Crain’s Detroit Business)

Wednesday
Feb132019

NASA’s Mars Rover Opportunity Concludes a 15-Year [Solar-Powered] Mission

As reported by the New York Times, the solar-powered Mars rover "Opportunity" lasted not for the 90-day design life, but for 5,111 days.

The Washington Post has also reported on this story.

Sunday
Jan272019

Germany to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants, will rely primarily on renewable energy

This good news is reported by the Los Angeles Times.

As the article also reports:

The decision to quit coal follows an earlier bold energy policy move by the German government, which decided to shut down all of its nuclear power plants by 2022 in the wake of Japan’s Fukushima disaster in 2011...

Twelve of the country’s 19 nuclear plants have been shuttered so far...

The plan to eliminate coal-burning plants as well as nuclear means that Germany will be counting on renewable energy to provide 65% to 80% of the country’s power by 2040. Last year, renewables overtook coal as the leading source and now account for 41% of the country’s electricity.