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To say 2020 was the year of the unexpected is probably the understatement of the year. Talk about not seeing that coming! But, we endured and adapted.

We all adjusted to a new “normal,” and the CGA team continued pursuing a clean energy future for the Midwest behind the scenes through our policy, siting, and public education work. While the world seemed to come to a standstill at various moments during the year, CGA continued to   […]   Read More »

Wind and Solar Remain the Smart Choice

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Getting the best deal is something everyone enjoys. In the last decade, renewables have been coming up as affordable, reliable resources that stimulate economic activity and reduce carbon emissions. Every year, energy experts and advocates look forward to the latest Lazard Levelized Cost of Energy Analysis and Levelized Cost of Storage report to get a full understanding of renewable energy progress. According to this year’s report, wind and solar energy continue to provide the biggest   […]   Read More »

Veteran's Day History Lesson

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Veterans Day is one of those holidays that most people don’t really know much about, yet it is a very important day, and one that has had many evolutions over the years. So let’s have a little history lesson.

Today, Veterans Day is a national holiday to recognize and honor the men and women who have bravely served our country through military service. Originally, the date was known as Armistice Day in honor of the   […]   Read More »

Wisconsin Wins with Wind and Solar

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As technology innovations accelerate project development and prices decrease, Wisconsin’s clean energy economy is growing every day. Wind prices have declined 70 percent in the last decade, and solar prices have dropped 88 percent since 2009, which means an increase in economic opportunities. Currently, Wisconsin receives over $1.6 billion in private investment from the renewable energy industry. Most importantly, the Badger state is benefiting from stable incomes for landowners, well-paying jobs for local communities, and of   […]   Read More »

Wind Turbine Recycling and Disposal

October 2020 Blog Title

Wind energy is one of the country’s leaders in advancing the transition to clean energy. Thanks to technological advancements, prices for this renewable energy source are plummeting. The price of wind energy has fallen 70 percent in the last decade, making it the cheapest source of renewable energy on the market. However, as older projects reach the end of their lifespan, the question of how to sustainably dispose of them is coming to the forefront.

Wind   […]   Read More »

South Dakota is Building a Clean Energy Future

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From the prairies to the Black Hills, South Dakota is growing its clean energy economy in a big way. Thanks to the efforts of the renewable energy industry, landowners and surrounding communities, South Dakota has already received over $3 billion in cumulative wind project investment.

South Dakota gets about 24 percent of its in-state electricity production from wind power, ranking fifth in the country and powering more than 200,000 homes. With 1,742 megawatts (MW)   […]   Read More »

4 Reasons Clean Energy Jobs Are Just Smart

September 2020 Blog Title

Jobs are one of the biggest sources of economic stimulation. While 131,000 clean energy jobs in the Midwest were lost due to COVID-19, they are beginning to return. Clean energy jobs offer unique opportunities that are helping to keep the country going. Here are just four reasons we think clean energy jobs are “just smart:”

1.       Clean energy jobs have a wide reach.

Jobs within the clean energy sector   […]   Read More »

American Wind Week: How Wind is Building the Future

August 2020 Blog Title

Every year, the wind industry recognizes American Wind Week – a celebration of the benefits and milestones of a reliable energy source that reduces carbon and fosters economic development. Providing power for over seven percent of the nation (over 32 million homes), American wind energy is doing more than just powering our homes – it’s building our future.

Despite the setbacks of 2020, wind energy is still powering American homes across the country. This wouldn’t   […]   Read More »