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Governors Recognize that Transmission is Key to Addressing Climate Change

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, a robust transmission grid is critical to both addressing climate change and to keeping the lights on for consumers.  Recently, four Midwest Governors sent a letter to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the region’s transmission operator, indicating their support for MISO’s Long-Range Transmission Planning (LRTP) effort, and urging MISO to move forward expeditiously to ensure that the region has the grid capacity needed to respond to   […]   Read More »

Securing Indiana Landowner Property Rights will Demonstrate that the Renewable Energy Sector is Open for Business

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It’s a fact. The U.S. is transitioning away from fossil fuels and embracing the great benefits of renewable energy. Wind and solar energy are reliably powering homes and businesses across the Midwest at record low prices, and investment and jobs are booming. For the Hoosier state, renewables are contributing $7 billion to the economy.

Indiana is blessed with strong wind and solar energy resources and access to good energy markets. Renewable   […]   Read More »

Minnesota Reaps Benefits from Dramatic Increase in Wind and Solar Revenue

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Minnesota’s clean energy leadership continues to grow. Renewables, including wind, solar and storage were Minnesota’s largest power provider in 2020, delivering 29 percent of the state’s electricity. In addition to reducing carbon emissions, wind and solar energy have provided economic stability for Minnesotans in all corners of the state. For nearly two decades, counties and landowners have benefitted from the wind and solar production tax revenue coming from the renewable energy industry.

Production taxes from   […]   Read More »

Renewable Energy Protects Our Planet

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Happy Earth Day! It’s that time of year when we like to acknowledge the many benefits renewable energy provides for our planet.

As America transitions away from fossil fuels, the clean energy sector has taken on the task of keeping the lights on while providing reliable, low-cost electricity that leaves no carbon footprint. Renewables now produce about 20 percent of the nation’s electricity. Clean air and water, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions means a higher quality   […]   Read More »

Iowa’s Clean Energy Leadership is Paying Off

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Despite a tough year, the renewable energy industry is resiliently powering through to provide affordable, reliable electricity for customers across the Midwest. Among the vast open fields of America’s Heartland, Iowa remains a clean energy leader. The Hawkeye State clean energy economy is growing, and already earning $19 billion for the state’s economy.

With over 10,000 megawatts (MW), wind energy is Iowa’s biggest power producer. Iowa gets nearly 60 percent of its in-state electricity production   […]   Read More »

Transmission and RTOs play a pivotal role in a clean energy future

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Guess what?  America is on the road to a clean energy transformation. Our lives and our economy are becoming more electrified, and cleaner, as a result of the growth of renewable energy generation. In 2019, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported 8.8 percent of utility-scale electricity was generated by wind and solar. With record capacity additions from wind and solar energy in 2020 announced recently by various outlets, that needle is moving up.

The Upper Midwest   […]   Read More »

Renewable Energy Survives Tumultuous Year

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Every year, The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance team up to highlight the state of renewable energy in the last year. While 2020 wasn’t what anyone expected, it was still a monumental year for the U.S. energy sector.

According to the report, demand for all forms of energy fell in 2020, except renewable energy. Thankfully, the pandemic had little to no impact on construction activity, allowing 2020 to see   […]   Read More »

MISO’s RIIA Study is a Great Start to Prepare for the Generation Shift to More Renewables

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On March 3, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) presented a final report and key findings from its Renewable Integration Impact Assessment (RIIA), a years-long study of the impact of increasing renewable energy in the MISO footprint. The study evaluated the addition of renewable energy at various penetration levels  - up to 50% - to identify challenges that may emerge in transmission, markets and operations, and offered potential solutions to remedy them.

MISO has done   […]   Read More »