Bizarro Floods on Mississippi River

January 5, 2016 by NRDC Switchboard

River Flooding Risk

Record floods have been occurring throughout Illinois and Missouri over the holidays. Floods are never something to be taken lightly, but flooding combined with winter conditions makes for a deadly combination. More than 20 people have lost their lives in these floods, and the toll is likely to rise.[read more]

Who Will Lead the Clean Energy Future?

October 26, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy and Future Leadership

At the heart of every major transformation are the people carving the new path forward. The same goes for the transition currently occurring in our electricity system, which is moving away from traditional monopoly utilities relying on coal, to a world with distributed energy generation.[read more]

Clean Energy Legislation in the Heartland Promises Jobs

April 9, 2015 by EDF Energy Exchange

Clean Energy Legislation and Jobs

Clean energy advocates tend to maintain a bi-coastal focus. No doubt my California and New York colleagues often see their states as the bellwethers when it comes to new policy initiatives. But real innovation is taking place in Illinois, a state that national clean energy advocates tend only to fly over.[read more]

Hazy Midwest Power Outlook Clears a Bit: More Regional Cooperation Needed

October 1, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Midwest Power Outlook

Some energy industry observers recently have made much ado about concerns that the Mid-Continent Independent System Operator, the entity responsible for managing the electric grid in the Midwest and middle South region, is tight on power supplies and faces an increasing risk of blackouts.[read more]

Study Confirms Midwest Is Sitting on a Goldmine of Energy Savings Potential

April 5, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

An important new federal study confirms that saving energy is far less expensive than generating power in a power plant. It also shows that here in the Midwest, energy efficiency programs are succeeding at delivering energy savings at rock-bottom costs.[read more]

Can Distributed Storage Help Expand the Midwest Solar Energy Market?

March 1, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

When we looked at some of the most interesting state markets for distributed storage, Illinois did not make the top of the list. But northern Illinois, which is the westernmost part of PJM territory, is exactly where Intelligent Generation is looking to make inroads.[read more]

Solving the Midwest Ethanol Problem

February 20, 2014 by Robert Rapier

If you live in the Midwest, you are in the midst of a thriving ethanol industry. But the problem with that is that the Midwest does not actually control its own destiny when it comes to ethanol. That destiny is still controlled by the federal government.[read more]

The New Projected Midwest Pipeline Not Named Keystone XL

July 11, 2013 by Kristopher Settle

Not Keystone XL

As the Keystone XL pipeline remains in limbo though the federal government, a similar project is beginning to take shape – and the new project may get approved long before its controversial counterpart.[read more]

Universities Become Natural Leaders In Renewable Energy

February 15, 2012 by Nino Marchetti

Beneath the campus of Ball State University in Indiana is a labyrinth of pipes 400 feet deep, filled with water that heats and cools much of the campus and that, when complete, will allow the school to retire four archaic coal-fired boilers.At the University of Minnesota’s twin campuses in Morris, two 1.6-megawatt wind turbines...[read more]

Wind Turbines On Farmland May Benefit Crops

December 16, 2010 by Mike Gregory

Instruments to measure wind speed and turbulenceWind turbines in Midwestern farm fields may be doing more than churning out electricity. The giant turbine blades that generate renewable energy might also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and dryer, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-...[read more]

Abuse of science and logic by the National Corn Growers Association

July 6, 2009 by Simon Donner

The National Corn Growers Association released a report arguing that there is no connection between the use of nitrogen fertilizers on corn in the Midwestern US and the seasonal “Dead Zone” in the Gulf of Mexico.There is no point mincing words about what this “analytical white paper”. It is the corn equivalent of irrational climate...[read more]

For our Midwestern readers

October 10, 2007 by Joseph Romm

The Environmental Law & Policy Center, the Midwest’s leading environmental law and advocacy organization, has unveiled its new and improved global warming solutions web site: www.globalwarmingsolutions.org.The updated site is a one-stop shop for Midwest regional global warming solutions with:A comprehensive list of global warming...[read more]