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Clean Energy Has a Positive Story to Tell About Jobs in Illinois

March 23, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard
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Illinois Green Jobs

Illinois has a great story to tell when it comes to creating clean energy jobs that will go on to provide Illinois families and businesses with clean, affordable choices of energy, and that also help us meet our 21st Century resource demands.[read more]

Homebuilding Beyond Energy Star: Illinois Gets First 'Challenge Home'

July 3, 2013 by Jim Pierobon

Illinois Challenge Home

Ever thought about building a very energy-efficient custom home? What if this home would be one of the greenest homes of its kind? Weiss Building & Development LLC and Tom Bassett Dilley Architects have accomplished just that.[read more]

Low natural gas prices are driving coal gasification out of business

May 28, 2012 by Jim Pierobon

If three planned gasification plants in Illinois are any indication, the transformation of coal into synthetic natural gas is staring at the destruction of their business model due primarily to low gas prices.Plants that were to be operated by Nebraska-based Tenaska Inc., Power Holdings of Illinois and Leucadia National Corp. of New York...[read more]

Illinois Biodiesel Industry Expands As Other States Struggle

September 10, 2010 by Mike Gregory

I recently wrote about how privately held biodiesel producers were going out of business at the same time that government entities were starting biodiesel operations to supply their own needs. I thought it was somewhat troubling to see biodiesel production shifting from private sector to the public sector. Around that same time, a...[read more]

Push for More Wind Power Where Most Needed

March 30, 2010 by Jonathan Smith

Chicago Tribune reporter Julie Wernau got this blogz attention with the title of her article, “Putting wind-generated power where it’s needed.” Her article focuses upon 2 critical elements: 1) putting turbines where wind energy is suitable and 2) building wind farms that are capable of linking to the grid. A new NREL study offers great...[read more]

Illinois clears a path for new reactors

March 16, 2010 by Dan Yurman

President Obama’s home state looks to join the nuclear renaissance The Chicago Tribune reports that the Illinois State Senate voted March 16 to drop the ban on building nuclear power plants in Illinois. The measure was sent to the House on a bipartisan 40-1 vote. According to the newspaper, Sen. Mike Jacobs, (D-Moline) who sponsored the...[read more]

Dynamic electric power prices for residential customers in Illinois

August 11, 2009 by Michael Giberson

From the Danville, Illinois Commercial-News, a report of a two-year old dynamic power price program for residential customers of Ameren in Illinois: The program offers customers the ability to track in real time, via the Web, the day-ending regional commodity price of electricity. And as the rate fluctuates, participants can adjust their...[read more]

Illinois Smart Grid Initiative final report

May 12, 2009 by Lynne Kiesling

Last year I worked on the project team for the Illinois Smart Grid Initiative, in which we brought together a wide range of stakeholders to discuss the opportunities, benefits, and costs of different models of investing in smart grid infrastructure and technologies. We also discussed the important regulatory institutional changes that...[read more]

Wind turbine plant near Detroit to hire 250 — PLUS it’s braggin’ time for wind!

April 13, 2009 by Joseph Romm

Back in February, David Bradish, who blogs at NuclearNotes, commented on my post “Nuclear meltdown in Finland“: How about you let us know when wind power in the U.S. actually generates one percent of the electricity in the country? Then I would say you could start bragging. I knew we had already broken one percent but wanted to wait...[read more]

Feed-in Tariff Introduced in Illinois House

February 27, 2008 by Tim Hurst

Last week, I wrote a post at sustainablog about the second renewable energy feed-in tariff being introduced through legislative channels in the United States. Illinois Representative Karen May (D-Highland) has introduced HB 5855, or, the Illinois Renewable Energy Sources Act, which is more or less based upon the feed-in legislation...[read more]

Wis Tavern Building, LEED Gold Adaptive Reuse

November 19, 2007 by PrestonKoerner

The first Gold certified LEED-H home in Illinois is built from the renovation of an old neighborhood tavern.  The 3,800 square foot building is used by the owners as both a residence and as the offices of their company:  Smog Veil Records.  The label has adopted an "eco-friendly" set of principles, and the owners felt...[read more]