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Michigan is a Midwestern Clean Energy Leader

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Renewable energy has undergone significant change in the last ten years. The U.S. now gets 18 percent of its electricity from clean energy – a significant amount of which comes from the Midwest, now a central hub for wind and solar generation. As generation increases, Michigan has taken action to meet the demands of the upper Midwest. Developments in the state’s wind and solar sectors have positioned Michigan as a leader in the transition from fossil   […]   Read More »

Clean Energy is Powering the U.S.

March 2020 Blog

The United States made 2019 a major year for clean energy. The Business Council for Sustainable Energy and Bloomberg New Energy Finance’s 2020 Factbook highlights the state of renewable energy in the last year as prices reach new lows and the quest for decarbonization continues. The U.S. has twice the capacity of renewable energy it had 10 years ago. In 2019, there was a 77 percent increase in new renewable generation, most of which came   […]   Read More »

4 Reasons to Love Renewables

Feb 2020

Renewable energy is on the rise. As a homegrown, reliable energy source, wind and solar have become billion-dollar investments that have created jobs, provided incomes for families and benefitted America’s heartland. As the call for carbon-reduction sounds, the energy market has never been stronger.

Love is in the air this month, and there’s plenty to love about clean energy. Here are just four reasons why we love renewables.


 1.      Secure, family-supporting jobs.   […]   Read More »

Why Wind is a Safe Bet

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Wind is more than just a clean energy resource, it’s a great investment according to the 2018 Wind Technologies Market Report from The Department of Energy. The analysis shows that costs to build and operate wind farms are so low, it would be cheaper than the expected cost of buying fuel for an equivalent natural gas plant. Wind prices have declined 69 percentScreenshot_292880b3efb1 since 2009, making   […]   Read More »

Renewable Energy is a Multi-Industry Effort


There’s a lot to love about renewables. From being a low-cost source of electricity generation to a smart business venture, renewable energy has a lot to offer. As wind energy hits the 100 gigawatt (GW) mark, and with more megawatts (MW) in the pipeline, clean energy capacity will continue to increase. That means more jobs, economic benefits, and of course, a reliable energy source that powers millions of homes. This wouldn’t be possible, however, without partnering   […]   Read More »

Clarion Call! Success has brought us to the limits of the current transmission system

By Peder Mewis and Kelley Welf | Nov. 12, 2019

A clarion call has sounded! 

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. In 2011, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the region’s electric grid operator, approved 17 Multi-Value transmission line projects (MVP) that would improve system reliability, relieve congestion on the grid, provide cost savings to ratepayers, and enable the delivery of clean, low-cost renewable energy. The last of the MVP lines, the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line, has not yet been built, but when all the lines   […]   Read More »

Thank You, Veterans


November gets a little lost in the shuffle.  It falls between the spooky fun of Halloween and all the build-up and excitement around Christmas. It’s a quiet time, actually. The weather calms and we wait for the first lasting snowfall. The leaves are gone.  It’s a time of anticipation, but more importantly, it’s a time for reflection, and to give thanks. November 11 is Veteran’s Day.  This is a day to honor and thank our great   […]   Read More »

Missouri Making Great Strides

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As renewable energy costs decrease, the potential for growth rises. Missouri’s clean energy sectors have been making great strides. Successes in the state’s wind, solar and storage sector allows for hope for the future.

Missouri’s wind energy sector is poised to see significant growth in the coming years. In 2018, 282,800 homes were powered by wind and the state currently has an installed capacity of 959 megawatts (MW) of wind power. Although it only ranks   […]   Read More »