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The Faster the Better – MISO’s Improved Interconnection Process Saves Precious Time

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For an economy and a culture that thrives on fast cars, fast food, and instant gratification for virtually everything, the very lengthy process for interconnecting renewable energy resources into the electric grid is frustrating, to say the least.

In order to connect new generation resources, like wind or solar, to the transmission grid, a developer must work through the Generator Interconnection Process (GIP). During this process, projects are studied to determine if any upgrades are needed   […]   Read More »

Guess Who? Profile of a CGA Employee, Member, and Board Chair

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Clean Grid Alliance is truly a special organization. Why? Continuity. 

Over the past 20 years, there has been a very clear continuity of mission, members, and message.  CGA is a unique blend of members from the corporate and nonprofit sectors as well as philanthropic partners that have focused on one main mission for two decades – delivering Midwest renewable energy to the marketplace.

CGA is also the beneficiary of someone who not only   […]   Read More »

Solar Energy Lights Up the Midwest

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The country is running more and more on renewables – and solar energy is rising to the top. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, renewable energy demand never fell. In fact, 2020 saw the highest number of installations ever! That’s lead to 103 gigawatts (GW) of operating solar powering 18.6 million American homes across the country, and there’s much more in store. The Energy Information Association predicts 15.4 GW of new utility-scale solar capacity this year.   […]   Read More »

Wisconsin’s Energy Future Looks Bright

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Wisconsin’s clean energy economy is growing every day, and locals are benefiting in meaningful ways. The Badger state receives over $2 billion in private investment from the renewable energy industry, enabling capacity to grow. With these investments, citizens are getting the full package: drought-resistant income for landowners, an influx of well-paying jobs, and low-cost, reliable, clean energy.,

Despite a difficult year, 40 percent of U.S. power generation was carbon-free in 2020. Currently, renewables provide   […]   Read More »

Renewables Support American Energy Independence

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We’re all benefitting from cheap power at the flick of a switch! Renewable energy resources like wind and solar have become U.S. economic powerhouses as more and more homes and businesses are running on low-cost, reliable, clean electricity. But, if we want to keep our bills low, and protect ourselves from price fluctuations, we need to take our energy future into our own hands.

One great way to bolster our energy independence is by investing   […]   Read More »

Looking Back on 20 Years

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On June 12, 2001, Clean Grid Alliance – then known as Wind on the Wires – held its first Advisory Committee meeting.  Wind on the Wires was launched as a two-year project of the Izaak Walton League, and funded by the McKnight Foundation and Energy Foundation to develop renewable energy resources in the Upper Midwest. It was the centerpiece of a much larger, $4.5 million round of funding by the two foundations. Then,   […]   Read More »

Governors Recognize that Transmission is Key to Addressing Climate Change

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We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, a robust transmission grid is critical to both addressing climate change and to keeping the lights on for consumers.  Recently, four Midwest Governors sent a letter to the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the region’s transmission operator, indicating their support for MISO’s Long-Range Transmission Planning (LRTP) effort, and urging MISO to move forward expeditiously to ensure that the region has the grid capacity needed to respond to   […]   Read More »

Securing Indiana Landowner Property Rights will Demonstrate that the Renewable Energy Sector is Open for Business

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It’s a fact. 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 and businesses across the Midwest at record low prices, and investment and jobs are booming. For the Hoosier state, renewables are contributing $7 billion to the economy.

Indiana is blessed with strong wind and solar energy resources and access to good energy markets. Renewable   […]   Read More »