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What to look for in Governor Pritzker’s Budget Address

, policy analyst, Clean Energy

On Wednesday Governor J.B. Pritzker will give his first budget address as Illinois’s 43rd Governor. This is a key opportunity for him to address the financial benefits of renewable energy and a pathway for Illinois to achieve 100% carbon-free electricity. It’s vital that his energy platform be an equitable path forward for the state. Here’s what we hope to see included. Read more >

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What to Watch for in Michigan’s State of the State Speech

, lead Midwest energy analyst

Next Tuesday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give her first State of the State address as Michigan’s chief executive officer. It is a key opportunity for her to address climate change, infrastructure needs, and clean energy and water—all priorities Governor Whitmer emphasized during last year’s campaign.

Here’s what to look for.

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Electric Utility Resource Plans Are Critical to the Midwest’s Energy Future

, lead Midwest energy analyst

At least 30 states will see at least one electric utility with a resource plan in 2019, including states with an expected ruling on an already-filed plan. The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is a participating stakeholder in resource planning dockets in both Michigan and Minnesota and is applying our technical expertise in partnership with local coalition advocates working with affected communities. Let’s dig into what exactly resource plans are, why they matter, and what to look for in these Midwest states as electric utilities develop and seek approval for their resource plans. Read more >

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New Mexico’s Clean Energy Opportunity Knocks

, Energy analyst

Look out, clean energy leaders, there’s a new governor in town—and this one campaigned atop a wind turbine.

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Credit: Michelle for Governor (Oct. 2018).
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Wind vs. Gas: Winter Wind Beats New Pipelines

, senior energy analyst, Climate & Energy Program

With the cold weather upon us, and a lot of debate about how to supply our energy needs, we can take a look at the power of wind.  Wind is actually stronger in the wintertime when it gets colder. The advantages of using wind to reduce natural gas needs in cold weather are real, and especially relevant to the debate over whether or not it makes sense to invest more into gas pipelines.

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Photo: William Hope
photo by Mike Jacobs
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