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Local Government — Leading the Charge, April 23-24

Please join Energy Stewards, the Wisconsin Academy, and partners for Leading the Charge, a two-day summit where we will share practical resources and explore emerging issues around local energy planning and resilience in Wisconsin communities.

Right now in Wisconsin, much of the meaningful and groundbreaking work in energy planning and climate change mitigation is happening through local governments and the businesses and organizations supporting their efforts. The Eau Claire region is #leadingthecharge and is poised to offer fresh perspectives on tangible and measurable ways that local municipalities can move forward to foster community well-being and energy resilience. This summit will highlight regional successes and inspire leading-edge thinking on local energy topics. Networking, collaboration, and new connections will help us move forward more quickly and efficiently in our respective communities towards a more equitable and sustainable future. The summit will offer resources and tools to:

  • Grow the workforce in your community around renewable energy
  • Connect with financing opportunities to launch your clean energy projects
  • Provide managers with practical and effective tools to measure efficiency
  • Prepare for community self-sufficiency and resilience
  • Learn from other communities how to write and implement robust energy resolutions
  • Explore city-wide transportation strategies such as efficient fleets and electric vehicle purchasing
  • Get a head start on planning for energy systems of the future

The Local Government Summit will take place on April 23-24th in Eau Claire, WI at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire’s W.R. Davies Center. Registration and additional details are available at the Wisconsin Academy website: https://www.wisconsinacademy.org/Charge2018. Regular registration closes Sunday, April 15.

We hope to see many local government leaders at the summit who will lead the charge and spark a collaborative regional response to climate change that other regions of Wisconsin can build upon!

For additional information please contact: Chelsea Chandler, Environmental Initiatives Director cchandler@wisconsinacademy.org or (608)263-1692 x20

Kelly Hilyard, Environmental Initiatives Program Assistant khilyard@wisconsinacademy.org or (608)263-1692 x15

 

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U.S. solar growth dimmed a bit in 2017, but Minnesota’s picture stayed brighter | MinnPost

America’s advancing solar-energy sector stumbled last year, according to a new industry analysis, as the tally of newly installed capacity fell for the first time since 2010.Minnesota, however, stood out as a major exception, with strong growth continuing thanks to its community-based, subscriber-funded “solar garden” program.

Source: U.S. solar growth dimmed a bit in 2017, but Minnesota’s picture stayed brighter | MinnPost

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Take the Energy Efficiency Quiz

Are you an energy czar, an ignoramus, or something in between? Take our energy efficiency quiz and find out if you know which appliances save energy.

Source: Take the Energy Efficiency Quiz from Constellation

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Intelligent Buildings — School Planning & Management

Can you imagine the day when your school building is producing as much energy as it needs? Can you envision that your next school won’t create pollution as it operates? What if your school facility was a significant tool that prepared students for jobs that previous generations couldn’t even imagine? Intelligent buildings are the future!

Source: Intelligent Buildings — School Planning & Management

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How rural co-ops are shifting to a cleaner power mix | Utility Dive

Driven by wind credits, low gas prices and consumer demand, rural co-ops are finding new ways to boost renewables.

Source: How rural co-ops are shifting to a cleaner power mix | Utility Dive

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Energy-efficiency labels for buildings are working | Anthropocene

According to E&E News, the Energy Star program is the most successful voluntary energy-efficiency program in the world. It has saved consumers and businesses $34 billion in electricity costs and prevented more than about 300 million metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions in one year.

Source: Energy-efficiency labels for buildings are working | Anthropocene

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Wisconsin’s capital city sets a high bar with ambitious renewable energy goal | Midwest Energy News

Madison, Wisconsin’s resolution to power the entire city with 100 percent renewable energy is wider-ranging than most because it covers not only electricity but also heating and transportation.

Source: Wisconsin’s capital city sets a high bar with ambitious renewable energy goal | Midwest Energy News

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As energy mix becomes cleaner, Minnesotans paying less for it | Midwest Energy News

Consumers have seen flat or declining energy costs as renewable energy becomes a greater part of the energy mix of Minnesota and the nation.

Source: As energy mix becomes cleaner, Minnesotans paying less for it | Midwest Energy News

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A Conservative Case for Climate Action

“An ideal climate policy would reduce carbon emissions, limit regulatory intrusion, promote economic growth, help working-class Americans and prove durable when the political winds change. We have laid out such a plan in a paper to be released Wednesday by the Climate Leadership Council.”

Source: A Conservative Case for Climate Action – The New York Times

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Illinois, Michigan and Ohio Refuse to Abandon the Renewable Energy Revolution

Source: 3 Midwestern States That Refuse to Abandon the Renewable Energy Revolution

“We have a very interesting message coming from the heartland,” said Henry Henderson, director of Natural Resources Defense Council’s Midwest program. “These policies come from the most energy-intensive part of the country, and there has been a bipartisan embrace of clean energy as good for the public, good for the economy and good for states.”

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