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Iowa is a Field of Opportunity for Renewables

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In times of change and innovation, the renewable energy industry is seeking to reduce the effects of carbon and other harmful greenhouse gases while providing affordable, reliable electricity for customers. In the heart of the Midwest, surrounded by fields of opportunity, Iowa is growing its clean energy economy. With the bulk of its electricity deriving from renewables, this has translated into $19 billion for the state’s economy.

Iowa gets about 42 percent of its in-state electricity   […]   Read More »

Clean Energy Jobs Can Help the Economy Recover

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Renewable energy has kept the country going with clean, reliable electricity. While renewables have proven to be a stable energy source, industry employment has taken a hit in 2020. More than 131,000 clean energy workers in the Midwest lost their jobs within the first three months of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the renewable energy industry is taking matters into their own hands to help, and it turns out clean energy jobs may be able to help   […]   Read More »

Indiana's Power Sector is On the Rise

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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 across the Midwest at record low prices, and investment and jobs are booming. For the Hoosier state, renewables are contributing a massive $5 billion to the economy.

Ranking 13th in the country for installed wind capacity, Indiana has an impressive 2,317 megawatts (MW) on line. That’s enough wind to power nearly   […]   Read More »

Wisconsin Embraces the Power of the Sun

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The country is running more and more on renewables – and solar energy is rising to the top. Although solar energy is still in its infancy, its potential is exponential. Currently, more than 81 gigawatts (GW) of solar powers 15.7 million American homes across the country. According to a new report from the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie, a record 3.6 GW of solar was installed nationwide in the first quarter of   […]   Read More »

Wind and Solar Production Taxes Deliver for Minnesota Counties

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Minnesota is a national leader in the transition from fossil fuels to clean energy. Renewables provide 25 percent of Minnesota’s in-state electricity, about 10 percent above the national average. Minnesota is also home to the Midwest’s largest Solar + Storage project, located in Ramsey and Athens Township. In addition to providing clean energy and reducing carbon emissions, renewables, like wind and solar, have provided economic stability to Minnesota’s counties throughout the   […]   Read More »

North Dakota Rides the Winds of Change

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Renewable energy brings great change and opportunity to the electrical grid and the communities benefitting from it. The Midwest is being powered by wind and solar energy in the home, as well as in the economy and job market. As generation increases, North Dakota reaps the benefits in both rural and urban areas.

Ranking 9th in the country for installed capacity, North Dakota has embraced wind energy as an asset to its livelihood. Capacity has more than tripled   […]   Read More »

Renewable Energy Cleans Up the Environment

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April 22 is Earth Day. That makes it a great time to take stock of the many benefits renewable energy offers the natural world 24/7/365.

Renewable energy is a viable alternative to fossil fuels. It provides clean, reliable, low-cost electricity that leaves no carbon footprint. Cleaner air and water, and decreased greenhouse gas emissions offer a cleaner future for America.

One of the greatest environmental benefits renewable energy delivers is pollution reduction. More than a third   […]   Read More »

Wind Energizes Rural America

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No matter what time of year it is, rural communities continue to thrive thanks to renewable energy. As a cash crop that brings a flow of benefits to the landowners and rural communities alike, wind energy has helped revitalize agriculture, schools and small businesses across the Midwest. By the end of the decade, the U.S. wind industry was bringing annual earnings of $1.6 billion to America’s heartland, giving communities plenty to be excited about.

Usually,   […]   Read More »