By Christine Hicks, Environmental Defense Fund
A recent study developed by The Accelerate Group measured the economic impact of CEJA and found the answer — it’s tens of billions of dollars. The new economic impact report released by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition shines a light on just how much CEJA would contribute to the state’s economy. Here’s the bottom line: the legislation, if enacted, would result in $39 billion in new private investment in Illinois through 2030. Read more here.
ALSO IN THE NEWS
- Leveled by a tornado, a small Kansas town dreamed big and got even smaller, KTEN
Business owner Scott Brown, who “played a key role in Greensburg’s recovery:”
Brown would like to think that all the community has accomplished over the last 12 years has made it less vulnerable to the economic and cultural forces threatening the survival of rural communities across Kansas and the Plains. He hopes it isn’t destined to become a “ghost town with the newest buildings. I don’t doubt that we’ll survive, but that’s not what we want to do,” he said. “We want to get a little growth.” This is the fifth in a series of stories investigating the decline in rural Kansas and efforts to reverse it.
- Kansas City Homes Will Have More Leaky Roofs And Higher Electric Bills As Climate Changes, KCUR. One group, Metro KC Climate Action Coalition, has recruited 75 municipal leaders, nonprofits and utilities to collaborate on a 10-county comprehensive climate action plan.
- Weathering The Storm, Ohio’s Country Journal and Ohio Ag Net
- MidAmerican growing wind generation in Hawkeye state, KWWL
Currently, MidAmerican Energy operates more than 2,600 wind turbines, many of which are in the Hawkeye state. The energy company says last year they paid roughly $21.1 million in lease payments to farmers for its wind projects. All of their turbines are built after a farmer expresses interest on putting it on their land.
- Aurora Wind Farm in Williams, Mountrail counties will use the newest, largest turbines in the nation, Williston Herald
- Related Article: Enel to Build 14GW of Renewables by 2022 as Decarbonization Race Heats Up, Greentech Media. European utility already claims the world’s largest renewables fleet, with 46 gigawatts under management.
- East Lansing solar park wins project of the year, State News
- Cincinnati to build nation’s largest city-led solar array, Smart Cities Dive
- Vox Energy Reporter Says Colorado Has Big Potential With Solar And Wind, Aspen Public Radio
- Municipal utilities putting EV charging on the map in southern Minnesota, Energy News Network
- Missoula County buys solar power from Kettlehouse Brewery’s rooftop array, KPAX-TV
Solar Plus Storage as Resiliency: Friday, December 13, 9 to 9:45 a.m.
As part of Michigan Energy Options’ Winter Solar Webinar Series, Seth Mullendore, Vice President and Project Director for Clean Energy Group, will discuss how solar PV with battery storage can create resiliency in communities and replace traditional power plants with clean technologies.
Biased capacity markets accelerating gas over solar, storage, PV Magazine
Regional markets for energy capacity favor new gas generation over solar and storage, at a high cost to consumers. Eight U.S. Senators have taken notice, while a new report marshals the evidence. The Grid Strategies report, titled Too much of the wrong thing: the need for capacity market replacement or reform, was written by Rob Gramlich and Michael Goggin. The Sustainable FERC Project, which commissioned the report, is a partnership among 24 citizens’ groups.
WOMEN IN AG LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
Generations of leadership is focus of Women in Ag Leadership Conference, LeMars Daily Sentinel
Iowa State alumnus Elizabeth Burns-Thompson is the capstone speaker. Among the nation’s first cohort of 30 Under 30 leaders in agriculture, she is passionate about Iowa’s renewable energy. She will encourage women of all generations to follow their dreams and trust their own abilities and opportunities. Online registration is available at www.aep.iastate.edu/leadership
General registration is $60 and student registration is $30.
- More electric co-ops in US are sourcing renewable energy, Co-operative News
- Previously Posted NRECA News Release: DOE Selects NRECA for Wind Energy Research Initiative
RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE RESOURCES
- New Economy Coalition’s Rural Electric Cooperative Toolkit
- National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) Renewable Energy Resources
FEATURED HOLIDAY WISH LIST
2019 holiday wish list: Power sector edition, Utility Dive
With the holiday season upon us, many kids — and some adults — are making wish lists. In that spirit, Utility Dive queried a dozen industry and environmental/advocacy groups about their policy wish list.