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Wisconsin utilities increasing solar, wind power as they cut coal use

Alliant and Milwaukee-based WEC Energy Group recently said they are setting new goals to reduce carbon emissions by 80% from 2005 levels by 2050. That’s a shift from 2016 pronouncements when the utilities envisioned carbon dioxide reductions of 40% by … Continue reading

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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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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 … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Utility clean energy rankings reveal ‘unprecedented shift’ in power sector paradigms

Even among renewable energy laggards, there’s a growing consensus that wind and solar are at the center of the 21st century electricity system. Source: Utility clean energy rankings reveal ‘unprecedented shift’ in power sector paradigms | Utility Dive

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12 charts that show the state of the US clean energy revolution

A new DOE report highlights deployment and price trends for key technologies in the clean energy revolution. Fast enough? Wide enough? How would we advance these developments at four times the pace in half the time? Source: 12 charts that show the … Continue reading

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Shrinking Its Footprint Is a Giant Task For Big Companies Too

  Turning toward a sustainable footprint is a tough road for the big companies too — Unilever has pledged to cut its environmental impact in half while improving the health of one billion people, but sustainability is turning out to be … Continue reading

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ComEd targets 1M smart thermostats by 2020

The program is easily among the most ambitious in the U.S. today, and could help Illinois’s compliance under the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan. The ComEd Student Power project — supported by Energy Stewards® — is helping advance the rollout … Continue reading

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Finding “A Fairly Rare Emotion: Hope”

“The energy revolution, instead of happening piecemeal, over decades, could take place fast enough to actually help an overheating planet,” writes Bill McKibben in the June 29, 2015 New Yorker. “But all of this would require the utilities—the interface between … Continue reading

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Unprecedented, Rapid Change in Our Atmosphere

Sadly, we live in a unique time in the history of Earth. There are many, many challenges today and ahead for all. [youtube]http://youtu.be/UatUDnFmNTY[/youtube] Concentrations of the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide will likely reach 400 parts per million (ppm) for first … Continue reading

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