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Winterization and the Grid: Reliability 365

January 2022 Blog

Many of the Upper Midwest states are among the coldest in the nation. Even during those times when we experience a “January thaw,” temperatures in the 30s (or even 40s) are not quite warm enough to turn off the heat. Cold Midwest winters require resources that will generate a steady supply of electricity to keep our homes and businesses warm, and renewables are up to the task. Solar and wind are reliable, cost effective   […]   Read More »

Top 5 Blog Stories of 2021

Top Stories of 2021

Another year has come and gone, and a lot has happened. Renewable energy has thrived despite this challenging time, with more projects on the way!

As a testament to the last year, we wanted to share our top blog stories of 2021.

5. Cardinal-Hickory Creek Transmission Line will help deliver low-cost wind energy

Building transmission infrastructure is necessary to keep up with the demands of our society’s growing dependence on electricity. This blog   […]   Read More »

Renewables and Property Rights

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The growth of renewable energy in the last decade has been exponential, with solar development among the latest to join the party. Since 2010, the nine Upper Midwest states in the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) footprint have seen installed wind capacity increase by 210 percent. This year alone, these states have also added a combined 415 MW of solar to their overall clean power   […]   Read More »

Michigan Maintains Strong Clean Power Sector

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The United States is undergoing a major transition to a clean energy economy, and statewide leadership is paving the way. In 2020, Governor Whitmer announced an Executive Action on Climate, which included high-reaching goals for decarbonization by 2050. To meet these goals, the governor announced this year that by partnering with three Michigan utilities - DTE, Consumers Energy and the Lansing Board of Water and Light -- all state-owned facilities managed by the Michigan Department   […]   Read More »

Clean Energy Jobs Offer New Opportunities

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Clean energy jobs may have declined during COVID, but the future of the workforce is still looking bright. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, renewable energy was the only power source that stayed in high demand. Construction activity never completely ceased, resulting in the highest number of renewable energy installations to date in 2020.

North Dakota Retrains its Energy Workforce

Losing your job can be a terrible experience, especially if you need to acquire new skills to   […]   Read More »

CGA Gears up for American Clean Power Week

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This week, the renewable energy community is celebrating the first ever American Clean Power Week, a nationwide celebration of clean energy and the good-paying jobs the industry creates for Americans across all 50 states. Renewables are powering homes and businesses, creating jobs, investing in communities, reducing costs for consumers, and helping to reduce carbon emissions across the nation. 

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A Conversation with Priti Patel, Great River Energy, on Transmission Development

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With the growing amount of renewable energy additions to the grid, transmission development is crucial. Priti Patel, Vice President and Chief Transmission Officer at Minnesota-based Great River Energy (GRE) gives the low-down on all things transmission: what it’s like to work in an important industry, how industry partners are getting involved and what the public needs to know.

Great River Energy is a member of Grid North Partners (formerly known as CapX2020),   […]   Read More »

20 Years of Big Moments: Regional Electric Transmission Planning to Support a Clean Energy Future

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With the rise in wind and solar power resulting from lower prices and higher demand, transmission development has never been more important. However, there have been significant road blocks in the quest to create a clean energy market and bring large amounts of renewable energy onto the grid in the Midwest. Clean Grid Alliance (CGA) has spent the last 20 years as the “power behind the power” working with legislators, regulators, NGO colleague organizations, and many other   […]   Read More »