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How Car-Clogged Houston Could Be a Climate Policy Leader

From Citylab, May 21, 2020. Houston’s infamous lack of zoning could become a climate-policy asset as the sprawling Texas metropolis attempts to steer a more sustainable course. April was supposed to be a big month for Houston city planning. America’s largest unzoned city was poised to host the American Planning Association’s national convention for the […]

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Germany Is Leading the World Toward a Green Recovery

From Reasons to be Cheerful, May 15, 2020. As Europe’s biggest economy reboots, it — and many others — are planning to transition away from fossil fuels. Residents in some of the most polluted cities in the world have been startled by an unfamiliar atmospheric phenomenon: blue skies. “I look at the sky quite often […]

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Wisconsin Has 150MW of Solar. Alliant Just Bought 675MW More

From GTM, May 26, 2020. The Midwestern utility is buying a portfolio of large-scale solar projects as it moves to retire more uneconomic coal plants. Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy will spend $900 million buying 675 megawatts of utility-scale solar projects as it moves to replace uneconomic coal-fired plants with renewables. Alliant, which serves about 1 […]

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Bridging the Food-or-Energy Gap

From Yes!, March 9, 2020. Should land be used for solar panels or agriculture? The burgeoning Solar Sheep movement argues: Why not both? Lexie Hain tucks a chunk of business cards in her back pocket before bounding up to speak to a room of 75 livestock farmers. On a rain-dumping January day, they’ve driven in […]

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New program hopes to help 100 Wisconsin schools go solar

From WMTV, January 20, 2020. While students power their minds inside school, a new initiative is looking to the sun to power classrooms. Midwest Renewable Energy Association announced their Solar on Schools program on Monday. The initiative aims to help 100 Wisconsin schools go solar. The program had a soft launch involving six schools, including […]

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How ethanol plant shutdowns deepen pain for U.S. corn farmers

From Reuters, December 13, 2019. RACCOON TOWNSHIP, Ind./NEW YORK, Dec 13 (Reuters) – When the U.S. ethanol industry was booming, Indiana farmer Paul Hodgen made good money selling about a quarter of his crop to a local facility that produced the corn-based fuel. Now that plant has stopped churning out ethanol and has instead converted […]

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A bright future for Wood County?

From WAOW.com, November 21, 2019. WOOD COUNTY, Wis. (WAOW) — A new solar array at a Wood County park is the latest move in what officials said could be a very lucrative future for taxpayers. The county received gold recognition from SolSmart, an organization funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Wood County Board Chair […]

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Here’s where we should put our renewables to get the biggest carbon benefit

From Fast Company, November 12, 2019. There’s no doubt that the world needs more renewable energy infrastructure. Clean energy options like solar panels and wind turbines help both the environment, by reducing carbon emissions, and our personal health, by decreasing harmful air pollution. But with limited financial resources to invest into renewables, it pays to […]

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Mid-State brings electric vehicle charging to all campuses

From the Wisconsin Rapids City Times, November 3, 2019. WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Free electric vehicle charging is now available to the public at all Mid-State Technical College campuses in Adams, Marshfield, Stevens Point, and Wisconsin Rapids. Each electrical vehicle charging station is the first in its community. Read the article.

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