James Gignac

Lead Midwest energy analyst

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James Gignac is lead Midwest energy analyst for the Climate & Energy program at the Union of Concerned Scientists. Prior to joining UCS, Mr. Gignac served as environmental and energy counsel and as assistant attorney general to the Illinois Attorney General. Mr. Gignac earned a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA in history and political science from Albion College. See his full bio.

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What to Look for on Clean Energy During Midwest 2021 State of the State Addresses

Here are some things to look for in the 2021 Midwest governors’ state of the state speeches, as well as key clean energy developments generally in Michigan, Illinois, and Minnesota. Read more >

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Cracking the Code on Recycling Energy Storage Batteries

Prices for battery packs used in electric vehicles and energy storage systems have fallen 87% from 2010-2019. As the prices have fallen, battery usage has risen. So have the conversations on what can and should be done with Li-ion batteries when they reach the end-of-use stage. Read more >

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Wind Turbine Blades Don’t Have To End Up In Landfills

In this blog post, we will examine land-based wind turbines and the recycling opportunities that exist but are not yet widely implemented for the turbine blades. Read more >

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Solar Panel Recycling: Let’s Make It Happen

As current PV installations reach the final decommissioning stage, efficient recycling and material recovery are preferable to disposing of panels in landfills. Read more >

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Introducing: A Blog Series On Recycling Clean Energy Technologies

This is an introductory blog post in a series examining current challenges and opportunities for recycling of clean energy technologies. Read more >

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