James Gignac

Lead Midwest energy analyst

Author image
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.

Subscribe to James's posts

James's Latest Posts

Photo by Bao Chau on Unsplash

The Minnesota Senate Must Do Better on Clean Energy Legislation: Here’s How

Right now, the Minnesota legislature has a chance to do something big on clean energy—but will the Senate step up to make it happen? Read more >

Bao Chau/Unsplash
Bookmark and Share

It’s “State of the State” Season: Time to Check in on Midwest Governors’ Climate and Clean Energy Progress

Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer are both scheduled to give their State of the State addresses on January 29th.

As this is also the beginning of a new year, it’s also a good time to check-in on the climate and clean energy actions of some of the new Midwestern governors who took office last year—and what to look for with respect to next steps by their administrations and state legislatures.

Read more >

Carl Wycoff/Flickr/
Flickr/Illinois Public Radio
Bookmark and Share

Michigan Should Reject DTE’s Integrated Resource Plan, Here’s Why

After hundreds of pages of expert testimony (including testimony from UCS), thousands of public comments, and two rounds of legal briefing, a Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC) administrative law judge will issue a recommended decision later this month on whether DTE’s integrated resource plan should be rejected, modified, or approved. UCS and numerous other stakeholders are urging the MPSC to reject DTE’s flawed resource plan and direct the company to redo its analysis. Here’s why. Read more >

Bookmark and Share

Photo: James Gignac

Weighing in on Xcel Energy’s Plans for Minnesota’s Energy Future

This month, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission is holding a series of public meetings to hear from individuals, communities, advocates, and other stakeholders on Xcel Energy’s plans for Minnesota’s energy future.

Read more >

Photo: James Gignac
Bookmark and Share

UCS Extreme Heat Report: A Call to Action on Midwest Clean Energy

Excessively hot weather spread across the Great Plains and Midwest states last week. On Friday, Chicago faced heat indexes well above 110 degrees, and many other areas endured dangerous heat warnings and advisories.

According to a sobering new report issued earlier this week by the Union of Concerned Scientists, the heat impacts of climate change will bring increasingly frequent extreme heat events such as these if we don’t take aggressive action to mitigate global warming pollution. Read more >

Bookmark and Share