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Backward Steps on Clean Energy in Wisconsin? Not at the local level…

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

Despite a state legislature that has taken steps backward on clean energy in Wisconsin, policies and programs at the local level are moving the state in the right direction. Read more >

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Is the Midwest Finally Catching on to Utility-Scale Solar?

, energy analyst

There seems to have been a significant uptick in the number of utility-scale solar projects announced in the Midwest recently—from Michigan to Minnesota , Indiana to Iowa, and even up in Wisconsin. Is this just a one-off bump in activity, or the start of something bigger? Are we actually starting to see the solar revolution spread to the Midwest where wind power has historically been king of renewables?  And if large-scale solar is coming in a big way, are we ready? Read more >

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Peak Oil, Peak Coal, Peak Deforestation, Peak Emissions…. and Why They’re Not Nearly Enough

, scientific adviser, Climate and Energy

Recent data related to our global emissions of heat-trapping gases suggest that humanity may have reached a turning point, or even several. We may be moving from increasing emissions, to peaking and starting to decline. We could be close to such peaks, or even have passed it, for several of the main sources of greenhouse gases, including coal and deforestation—perhaps even for humanity’s total emissions.

If so, this would be a momentous occasion, reversing centuries of growing global warming pollution. But before we start celebrating, we should realize that peaking is not nearly enough.

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Hosting Wind: How One Community Embraced its Wind Farm

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

Recently a colleague and I got to spend some time in a fine part of New York State with welcoming communities, beautiful rolling hills, picturesque barns and silos—and a ridge-full of wind turbines. What quickly became clear is that, for the host communities, the wind farm isn’t just about economics: the project is also part of the communities’ sense of self. Read more >

(Compilation photo: J. Rogers)
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Massachusetts Supreme Court Says No to Overreliance on Natural Gas

, senior energy analyst, Clean Energy

A ruling today from the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) is another great step toward cutting electricity ratepayers’ risks of natural gas overreliance. For a state with a heavy dependence on natural gas for power generation, it’s been a great summer. Read more >

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