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Xcel’s New Plan: Coal-Free By 2030, Nuclear Until 2040

From Wisconsin Public Radio, May 20, 2019. Xcel Energy said Monday it plans to shut its two remaining coal plants in the Upper Midwest a decade earlier than scheduled, putting the utility on pace to be coal-free in the region by 2030. The company said it also intends to keep its nuclear power plant in […]

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Solar operations can benefit from grazing sheep

From The Country Today, May 16, 2019. In upstate New York, Lexie Hain and Lewis Fox are growing an interesting business, capitalizing on the state’s push for the use of renewable energies. Hain and Fox are partners in Agrivoltaic Solutions LLC, a group of small to mid-size sheep farmers offering to keep solar farms working […]

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Beneath Solar Panels, the Seeds of Opportunity Sprout

From NREL, May 2019. On a humid, overcast day in central Minnesota, a dozen researchers crouch in the grass between rows of photovoltaic (PV) solar panels. Only their bright yellow hard hats are clearly visible above the tall, nearly overgrown prarie grasses—which are growing exactly as expected. Bent over white, square frames, some of the […]

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Mid-State cuts ribbon on solar car charging station

From the Wisconsin Rapids City Times, May 13, 2019. WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Free electric vehicle charging is now available in Wisconsin Rapids, thanks to a new solar-powered car charging station on the Mid-State Technical College Rapids campus. Construction on the site began in September 2018, with assistance from a Constellation Energy through an E2 – […]

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Midwest utilities embrace big solar, push back on rooftops

From E & E News, May 13, 2019. Once written off as too undependable and expensive for a region where coal was still king, solar energy is being embraced by Midwest utilities at a pace once unthinkable. Consider a map of the Midcontinent Independent System Operator’s (MISO) interconnection queue, where there’s almost 200 solar projects […]

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Mid-State cuts ribbon on solar car charging station

From the Wisconsin Rapids City Times, May 13, 2019. WISCONSIN RAPIDS – Free electric vehicle charging is now available in Wisconsin Rapids, thanks to a new solar-powered car charging station on the Mid-State Technical College Rapids campus. Construction on the site began in September 2018, with assistance from a Constellation Energy through an E2 – […]

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Madison receives state grant to buy 20 electric vehicles

From The Cap Times, March 6, 2019. With financial partnership from the Wisconsin State Office of Energy and Madison Gas and Electric, the city of Madison announced this Tuesday it will purchase 20 additional electric vehicles by 2020 and charging stations. Read the article.

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Conservative group urges Wisconsin lawmakers to embrace renewable energy

From the LaCrosse Tribune, February 20, 2019. As the cost of wind and solar power continues to fall, a new organization is pushing the Republican-controlled Wisconsin Legislature to embrace renewable energy and begin working on policies to address a rapidly changing marketplace. “Clean energy may very well now be the cheapest source of energy,” Scott […]

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Manitowoc County solar project is first of utility scale in Wisconsin | Maura Yost

From the Herald Times Reporter, February 1, 2019. In 1994, Wisconsin adopted the goal of making new electrical generation based on renewable energy resources. Twenty-five years later, Two Creeks in Manitowoc County is positioned to become the home of the state’s first utility-scale solar development. Solar technology advancements reduced the daily sunlight requirement to only […]

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Future looks bright for Cheq Bay Renewables

From the Country Today, January 27, 2019. Bill Bailey and his wife, Gayle Chatfield, were researching energy alternatives for their energy-hungry greenhouse business just south of Bayfield along the Chequamegon Bay, an inlet of Lake Superior, when they realized they had tapped into something much bigger than themselves. “We were looking at $800 to $900 […]

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Regulators approve $255 million wind farm for Alliant Energy

From the Wisconsin State Journal, December 14, 2018. From the Wisconsin regulators gave Alliant Energy approval Thursday to build a 150-megawatt wind farm in northern Iowa that the utility says will help meet its renewable energy goals while saving customers money. With a cost of about $255 million, the Kossuth Wind Project is expected to […]

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