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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 »

The Recipe for Success in Maintaining Grid Reliability

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On February 8, 2021, Cotton, Minnesota was the coldest place in the entire lower-48 states with a temperature of -43. Two years ago, the same town saw a reading of -56.  Now the state has just ended a stretch of single-digit or lower temperatures that lasted 10 days and will go down in the history books as one of the coldest February’s in 85 years.

Most of us never give the reliability of our electric grid   […]   Read More »

Renewable Energy Sparks a Connection with Rural America

February 2021 Blog Title

As the transition to renewable energy grows, rural communities have become one of the greatest benefactors of clean power. Now that wind and solar are the cheapest new sources of generation on the market, the relationship between rural America and advocates for renewable energy is getting stronger. To celebrate the day of romance known as Valentine’s Day, here are a few ways renewables keep the love alive in rural America:

1. Jobs, jobs, jobs!   […]   Read More »

Clean Energy is a Great Investment for Illinois

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As one of only six states in the country to top 5,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy and a growing solar sector, Illinois is clean energy leader. As technology advances and prices decline, more opportunities arise to grow the state’s clean energy economy. Illinois currently receives over $10.9 billion in investments from the renewable energy industry. In addition, landowners are benefitting from stable incomes, local communities are seeing a surge in well-paying jobs, and of   […]   Read More »