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HOW LAND UNDER SOLAR PANELS CAN CONTRIBUTE TO FOOD SECURITY

From ENSIA,  June 6, 2018. Beneath some solar arrays, pollinator-friendly plants, fruits, vegetables and forage are cropping up in place of turfgrass or gravel At a recent solar energy conference in Minneapolis, attendees unwound at happy hour tasting free pints of a local honey-based India Pale Ale called “Solarama Crush.” Minnesota-based 56 Brewing makes the […]

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Massachusetts Gains Foothold in Offshore Wind Power, Long Ignored in U.S.

From the New York Times, May 23, 2018. The wind farms have increasingly become mainstream sources of power inNorthern Europe, but the United States has largely not pursued the technology. NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — On the waterfront of this fabled former whaling hub, the outlines of a major new industry are starting to appear. Crews […]

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Data Dive: The renewables revolution

From Fresh Energy,  May 10, 2018. The renewables revolution is upon us! Across the Upper Midwest, renewable energy is soaring, while coal power is in a tailspin. Thanks to strong public policies, great economics, and utility uptake of low-cost renewables, more than 6,000 megawatts of renewable energy has been added in the region in the […]

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Solar panel grants support nonprofit sustainability projects

From the Daily Reporter, May 10, 2018. More than a dozen Wisconsin groups will get a boost in installing solar electric systems from a series of grants awarded by the nonprofit group Renew Wisconsin. Renew Wisconsin’s Solar for Good program will issue more than $145,000 to 15 Wisconsin nonprofit organizations to pay for at least […]

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California to become first U.S. state mandating solar on new homes

From the Orange County Register, May 7, 2018. For seven years, a handful of homebuilders offered solar as an optional item to buyers willing to pay extra to go green. Now, California is on the verge of making solar standard on virtually every new home built in the Golden State. The California Energy Commission is […]

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We Energies Shareholders Pepper CEO With Questions About Coal

From Wisconsin Public Radio, May 3, 2018. Environmental activists, including some who are We Energies shareholders, are keeping the pressure on the Milwaukee-based utility to reduce dust from coal piles and emissions from smokestacks at the WE Energies plant in Oak Creek. It’s Wisconsin’s largest coal-fired facility. Read the article.

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Big steps forward for electric cars and buses

From Fresh Energy, April 25, 2018. This April, Minnesota policymakers made two key decisions that will speed the electrification of the transportation system. Electric vehicle off-peak charging pilot approved On April 12, 2018, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved a pilot program proposed by Xcel Energy that will charge electric vehicle owners less for […]

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Stevens Point Shows Local Support for a National Climate Change Policy

From The Pointer, April 23, 2018. This year, there has been considerable local support for a federal level carbon fee, coming from both the city of Stevens Point and the university. A carbon fee is a market-based approach to reducing emissions of carbon dioxide—a greenhouse gas which is a leading cause of climate change. First, […]

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Eau Claire Has a Plan to Fight Climate Change, Unlike Governor

From Next City, April 9, 2018. While Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is busy deleting the role of humankind in causing climate change, Eau Claire, the 68,000-strong former factory town in northwestern Wisconsin, has adopted an ambitious sustainability plan to achieve carbon neutrality and 100 percent renewable energy. By a unanimous vote at the end of […]

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How The Humble Bicycle Can Save Our Cities

From Fast Company, April 4, 2018. Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people riding a bike in this city because it makes our daily lives more effective,” he tells Fast Company. The founder of Copenhagenize, a design studio […]

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How The Humble Bicycle Can Save Our Cities

From Fast Company, April 4, 2018. Copenhagenize offers a blueprint for how cities can welcome the bicycle–and all the positive outcomes that being a biking-centric city brings. Mikael Colville-Andersen rides his bike everywhere in Copenhagen, but he would never introduce himself as a cyclist. “I’m just one of the 400,000 people riding a bike in […]

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Sustainable: McKnight aims funding at climate change

From Finance and Commerce, April 3, 2018. In north Minneapolis, Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light helped organize and fund a community solar garden on top of Shiloh Temple that later this year will begin powering a nearby mosque and 26 homes.In central Minnesota, the Rural Renewable Energy Alliance in Backus developed a community solar garden […]

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