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Clarion Call! Success has brought us to the limits of the current transmission system

By Peder Mewis and Kelley Welf | Nov. 12, 2019

A clarion call has sounded! 

Perhaps we should have seen this coming. In 2011, the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO), the region’s electric grid operator, approved 17 Multi-Value transmission line projects (MVP) that would improve system reliability, relieve congestion on the grid, provide cost savings to ratepayers, and enable the delivery of clean, low-cost renewable energy. The last of the MVP lines, the Cardinal-Hickory Creek line, has not yet been built, but when all the lines   […]   Read More »

Thank You, Veterans


November gets a little lost in the shuffle.  It falls between the spooky fun of Halloween and all the build-up and excitement around Christmas. It’s a quiet time, actually. The weather calms and we wait for the first lasting snowfall. The leaves are gone.  It’s a time of anticipation, but more importantly, it’s a time for reflection, and to give thanks. November 11 is Veteran’s Day.  This is a day to honor and thank our great   […]   Read More »

Missouri Making Great Strides

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As renewable energy costs decrease, the potential for growth rises. Missouri’s clean energy sectors have been making great strides. Successes in the state’s wind, solar and storage sector allows for hope for the future.

Missouri’s wind energy sector is poised to see significant growth in the coming years. In 2018, 282,800 homes were powered by wind and the state currently has an installed capacity of 959 megawatts (MW) of wind power. Although it only ranks   […]   Read More »

Corporate Demand for Renewables Drives Significant Growth

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Corporate America is helping drive the evolution of the nation’s energy system toward more renewable energy like wind and solar. Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) have enabled eco-conscious corporations to buy into low-cost energy sources. Companies such as AT&T, Walmart and Facebook, who see this as both an economic and moral asset, have become leaders in the pledge to garner their energy from renewable sources. This commercial and industrial (C&I) purchasing is transforming the energy economy,   […]   Read More »

Renewable Energy Jobs - A Smart Move

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Looking for a job in a growing industry? The renewable energy industry is a smart move. Minnesota’s clean energy jobs are reaching new heights. In the last year, the renewable job market grew two and a half times faster than the overall economy, and twice as fast in Minnesota, ranking 6th in the Midwest. Now standing at an astounding 61,047 jobs (a 4.7 percent increase) in sectors including wind, solar and storage, Minnesota continues to   […]   Read More »

#AmericanWindWeek: Wind powers opportunity in our everyday lives

By Guest Author | Aug. 14, 2019
Today we’re focusing on the ways wind powers opportunity in our everyday lives—the products and services we use and the stores we visit are increasingly powered by wind energy.

A lot of times, we don’t even think about all the ways electricity touches our lives. When we flip the switch, we expect the lights to turn on and we want our   […]   Read More »

Plenty of Land to Go Around

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As solar prices continue to fall, the demand for it is increasing.  More and more utilities, corporations and the general public want electricity produced from solar farms. They are attracted to its environmental and economic benefits. 

RPSSESMinnesota currently has a 1.5% Solar Energy Standard (SES) and a state goal of reaching 10 percent solar by 2030. This is separate from Minnesota’s Renewable Energy Standard (RES).   […]   Read More »

Illinois' Bright Clean Energy Future

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Illinois is a leader in wind power in the nation — and the future of solar and energy storage is growing. Renewable energy is poised to continue delivering the benefits of clean energy for years to come. 

Illinois is currently 6th in the nation for installed wind capacity with over 2,300 MW of wind energy — enough to power 1,231,900 homes with clean, low-cost wind power. It also has a whopping 34 active manufacturing facilities that help make   […]   Read More »