Fighting Climate Change, One Laundry Load at a Time

From The New York Times, January 1, 2018. COPENHAGEN — A Danish biotechnology company is trying to fight climate change — one laundry load at a time. Its secret weapon: mushrooms like those in a dormant forest outside Copenhagen. In the quest for a more environmentally friendly detergent, two scientists at the company, Novozymes, regularly […]

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What Needs to Happen Before Electric Cars Take Over the World

From the New York Times, December 18, 2017. Electric vehicles have only a tiny market share, but the auto industry is betting billions that they will soon be as cheap as conventional cars. On the slope of a thickly forested Czech mountain, three men in hard hats and mud-spattered fluorescent vests dig for the metal […]

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Alliant Rebates for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

Rebates to commercial and industrial customers of Alliant Energy who purchased and installed a Level 2 Electric Vehicle (EV) Charger for use by their employees or the public between January 1, 2017 and December 31, 2017: $1,000 for single car charger $1,500 for dual charger Program may continue into 2018. For more information and to apply

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Focus on Energy Offers Free Energy Savings Items

Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy residential program is offering free packs of simple energy saving products to ratepayers of participating Wisconsin utilities which include Wisconsin Public Service, Alliant Energy, and the municipal utilities in Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield. The packs include items such as light-emitting diode (LED) light bulbs, high-efficiency shower heads, water-saving bathroom faucet aerators and shower heads, […]

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Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill Could Curtail That.

From the New York Times, December 7, 2017. WASHINGTON — The Republican tax bills moving through Congress could significantly hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of a series of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power while bolstering older energy sources like oil and gas production. The possibility highlights the […]

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Green Bay’s Pulliam Plant Will ‘Retire’ By End Of 2018

From Wisconsin Public Radio, December 1, 2017. An energy company is shuttering another coal-fired power plant in Wisconsin. WEC Energy is closing its plant in Green Bay, and it comes on the heels of the company closing another facility in Pleasant Prairie. The Green Bay closure isn’t a surprise, the company announced its plans to […]

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London’s Future: More People, Fewer Cars

From Citylab, November 30, 2017. The London of 2029 will hold more people, have fewer cars, and boast better public transit. It should also be easier to find a place to lock your bike or get a pint of lager—and harder to hit up a fast-food joint after school. That, at least, is the vision […]

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WEC Energies expected to replace coal plant with 350 MW of solar

From PV Magazine, November 30, 2017. The company will close the 1,200 MW Pleasant Prairie coal plant early next year, on the heels of its plan to install 350 MW of solar by 2020. Yesterday, WEC Energy Group, the parent company of Wisconsin utility We Energies, announced plans to close the 1,200 MW Pleasant Prairie […]

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Wisconsin Businessman Creates Fund To Help Nonprofits Go Solar

From WUWM, Milwaukee Public Radio, November 13, 2017. Cal Couillard has been intrigued with solar energy since the 1970s. But, it wasn’t until this year that he took the plunge, and had solar panels installed at his Edgerton-based business. He also created a fund to help others “go solar.” Solar energy used to be expensive, […]

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Powering the future of mobility: How the electric power sector can prepare for its critical role in the new transportation ecosystem

From Infrastructure USA, November 7, 2017. DELOITTE CENTER FOR ENERGY SOLUTIONS Introduction: The future is electric deloitte energy solutionsANALYSTS have long predicted that car and fleet owners would soon abandon traditional fossil-fuel-powered vehicles and go electric.1 But after years of hype, promotion, and government incentives, electric vehicles (EVs) represent barely 1 percent of the market, both […]

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Making room for sustainable sourcing

From Wisconsin DNR Forestry News, November 15, 2017. When a company has publicly committed to corporate social responsibility, environmental conservation, or working with and through the local community, a new construction project is the time to put these philosophies into action. Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Designs may get drawn up with the […]

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Study: As Soil Opens For Ethanol Feedstocks, Out Comes The CO2

From Wisconsin Public Radio, November 15, 2017. UW-Madison Study Looks At Biofuel Production And Its Link To Climate Change A study by the University of Wisconsin-Madison shows the amount of land being converted to crops for ethanol production potentially makes climate change worse. Researchers say more than 7 million acres across the United States were […]

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Potential Health Implications Related to Fracking

From the Jama Network, November 9, 2017. Society depends on fossil fuels as an important energy source. Although global availability of alternative fuel sources (eg, wind power) continues to slowly increase, the majority of daily energy demand is met by coal, oil, and natural gas. Prior to the availability of hydraulic fracturing (fracking), tremendous volumes […]

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Dairyland Power Celebrates New Wind Farm In Southwestern Wisconsin

Wisconsin Public Radio, November 9, 2017. $167M Project Will Produce Enough Energy To Power More Than 25K Homes A new wind farm in southwestern Wisconsin is bringing energy and revenue to residents. EDP Renewables recently finished construction on the Quilt Block Wind Farm in Lafayette County. The name comes from local “barn quilts,” pieces of […]

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