Renewable energy in the Midwest: Part 2

For part 1 of our series focusing on how renewable energy is thriving in the Midwest, click here.

Shares in local wind projects were sold to friends and neighbors in the community. Most of the investors live within 30 miles of the turbines they own, and the dividends, tax credits, and economic benefits remain in the community.

  • Man with scredriver on a photovoltaic plantLincoln, Nebraska is also home to Power Lincoln Locally, a group that seeks to create a coal-free community.
  • The Midwest is embracing energy efficient suburbs.
  • Minneapolis and Chicago were recently ranked as the most energy efficient Midwestern cities.
  • Last week, Iowa welcomed the opening of its largest ever solar power plant.
  • Businesses– especially energy intensive organizations– in the Midwest continue to back solar power. Last week, we heard about St. Louis’ CLEAN and Indiana’s Lifeline Data Centers going green and saving money.

And, as we mentioned in last Friday’s news round up:

  • A new study proves that Ohio’s renewable power standards are lowering the cost of utilities and cutting harmful carbon dioxide emissions. (Ohio Public Utilities Commission)
  • Ohio’s FirstEnergy utility company is seeking to purchase renewable energy credits (RECs), including 100 Solar RECs (SCRECs) generated in Ohio, 6,500 SRECs generated in Ohio or neighboring states, 120,000 RECs generated in Ohio, 145,000 RECs generated in or near Ohio. (Electric Light and Power)
  • Ann Arbor, Michigan is embracing community-owned solar power. (M Live)
  • Libertarians in Wisconsin are supporting solar power right alongside progressives and environmentalists. From their endorsement of Clean Energy Choice, via Midwest Energy News:

“On the matter of public utilities and their definitions, the Libertarian Party of Wisconsin recognizes that existing definitions and regulations can swiftly become obsolete as new technologies and service innovations come into existence. From our understanding, the Clean Energy Choice initiative seeks to clarify the legal status of contracts where a property owner grants an easement to a private company to build a small power station on their property. The LPWI is committed to the idea of free contract: individuals can do as they wish with their property provided they do not trespass on others. The LPWI encourages contracts among property owners, small on-site power providers and large off-site power providers, geared to their individual best interest as they define it without interference or distortion from government entities.”

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