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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Cheese

From Energy on Wisconsin, October 2018. Emmi Roth, a Swiss specialty cheese producer with a plant in Platteville, WI, installed over 1,600 solar panels on the roof of their Wisconsin facility. The installation, by Eagle Point Solar of Dubuque, IA will supply 15 percent of their annual electric use while lowering their environmental footprint by […]

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City of Beaver Dam Solar – a Halloween Treat

From Energy on Wisconsin, October 2018. Beaver Dam’s city hall plus fire department building is all decked out in 308 solar panels for Halloween (photo below). For the City, this 105 kW solar system is a sweet treat of $62,000 of Focus on Energy RECIP grant dollars plus another $158,000 in financing by private parties […]

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Hospitals Take Aim At ‘The Greatest Health Threat Of The 21st Century’

From Huffpost, September 17, 2018. Health systems comprising more than 17,000 facilities worldwide are pledging to slash their carbon emissions. One of the larger themes at this week’s massive Global Climate Action Summit taking place in San Francisco is the relationship between climate change and human health. “Health is the best way to relate to […]

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La Crosse Mayor Tim Kabat launches Home Energy Challenge

From the LaCrosse Tribune, September 17, 2018. It took about two weeks into Casey and Sonja Meehan’s first winter at their State Street house for them to decide to do something about the insulation situation in the attic. “We hadn’t been here a full winter, but it was freezing upstairs,” Casey said. Of course, that […]

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Kaiser Permanente Purchases Renewable Energy, Aims for Carbon Neutrality

From Environmental Leader, September 13, 2018. Kaiser Permanente signed an agreement this week with NextEra Energy Resources to purchase 180 megawatts of solar and wind generation as well as battery storage capacity. The deal is expected to help the largest nonprofit integrated health care system in the United States reach its goal of being carbon […]

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A renewable energy revolution

From the Isthmus, September 9, 2018. The winds of change are suddenly blowing across Wisconsin, long a state that stood opposed to clean energy. Under Gov. Scott Walker, Wisconsin has been a fiefdom of fossil fuel, as I’ve previously written, and more dependent on coal power than all but nine states. But that’s about to […]

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Greener growth could add $26 trillion to world economy by 2030: study

From Thomson Reuters Foundation News, September 5, 2018. OSLO/LONDON, Sept 5 (Reuters) – Strong action to combat climate change could cumulatively add at least $26 trillion to the world economy by 2030, according to a study on Wednesday which seeks to dispel fears that a shift from fossil fuels will undermine growth. President Donald Trump, […]

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California wants 100% clean power by 2045. Wishful thinking?

From the San Francisco Chronicle, September 3, 2018. In the past decade, California has tripled its use of renewable power, raising wind turbines above hills and plugging vast fields of solar panels into the grid. That may have been the easy part. California legislators now want the state to get 100 percent of its electricity […]

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Minnesota Could Reap $30 Billion Driving on Electricity

From Renewable Energy World, August 27, 2018. What would happen if millions of Minnesotans ditched gasoline and started to drive on cleaner, cheaper electricity? A new report from MJ Bradley & Associates answers that question, demonstrating that Minnesota could realize upwards of $30 billion in avoided expenditures on gasoline and maintenance, reduced utility bills, and […]

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Cost of New E.P.A. Coal Rules: Up to 1,400 More Deaths a Year

From the New York Times, August 21, 2018. WASHINGTON — The Trump administration has hailed its overhaul of federal pollution restrictions on coal-burning power plants as creating new jobs, eliminating burdensome government regulations and ending what President Trump has long described as a “war on coal.” The administration’s own analysis, however, revealed on Tuesday that […]

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Bulk Of Clean Energy Jobs In Wisconsin Are In Construction Or Manufacturing

From Wisconsin Public Radio, August 17, 2018. A report on clean energy say 2.5 percent of Wisconsin’s workforce has jobs that involve renewable energy or efficiency. The bulk of those jobs are in construction or manufacturing and are concentrated in Milwaukee, Dane and Waukesha counties but are found in all of the state’s 72 counties. […]

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