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Native American Leaders Meet In Milwaukee, Push For Climate Action

By Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio

Native American leaders meeting in Milwaukee this week at the convention of the National Congress of American Indians are asking the Trump administration to do more to combat climate change. Tribal leaders speaking at the conference say recent wildfires and hurricanes that have destroyed housing and other resources are a sign of rising global temperatures, and that federal action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is needed.

[The article features the Forest County Potawatomi Tribe, as well as the Oneida, Ho-Chunk and Menominee Tribes as several examples of Native Americans’ leadership on climate action]. Read more here.

Photo: Tribal art on display at the National Congress of American Indians convention in Milwaukee. Chuck Quirmbach / Wisconsin Public Radio

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Advocates Say Solar Power May Dim The Future of Utility Monopolies

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By Chuck Quirmbach, Wisconsin Public Radio

Solar power and other renewable energy sources continue to make gains in Wisconsin to the point where some advocates are talking about the end of electric utility monopolies in the state.

Most people in Wisconsin still use electricity that comes from power plants running on coal, natural gas or nuclear energy. But with dropping prices for solar energy panels the last few years, more folks are signing up to have solar arrays in their yard or on their homes. Click to continue reading.

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Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Announces Historic Co-op Solar Advance

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The Wisconsin cooperatives' new facilities will use sun-tracking technology to boost energy generation. Photo credit: pv magazine

The Wisconsin cooperatives’ new facilities will use sun-tracking technology to boost energy generation. Photo credit: pv magazine

Wisconsin’s Dairyland Power Cooperative and its member cooperatives announced a historic investment in solar energy on Wednesday, unveiling plans to build more than 15 megawatts of new solar energy at 12 locations across Wisconsin . . . Brad Klein, Senior Attorney at the Environmental Law & Policy Center, said the Dairyland announcement sends a strong signal to rural electric cooperatives across the Midwest.

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According to the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, “Member-owned electric cooperatives have nearly 240 megawatts (MW) of solar capacity online or on the drawing board across the country.”

The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization for more than 900 nonprofit rural electric cooperatives and public power districts providing retail electric service to more than 42 million consumers in 47 states and whose retail sales account for approximately 12 percent of total electricity sales in the United States. NRECA’s members include consumer-owned local distribution systems — the vast majority — and 66 generation and transmission (G&T) cooperatives, such as the Dairyland Power Cooperative, that supply wholesale power to their distribution cooperative owner-members.

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Wisconsin electric cooperative to procure power from 15 MW of solar PV, by Christian Roselund, pv magazine. Wisconsin currently only has around 25 MW of installed PV, which means that this 15 MW will increase the state’s installed solar capacity by 40%.

Dairyland Power Cooperative Invests Heavily in Solar Energy, by Hope Kirwin, Wisconsin Public Radio. Dairyland’s Business Development Manager Craig Harmes said the new facilities will use sun-tracking technology instead of the typical fixed array.