What to Look for on Clean Energy During Midwest 2021 State of the State Addresses

Photo by Zbynek Burival on Unsplash It’s time for the annual tradition of Governors giving their state of the state addresses. Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer will give hers today. Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker will address the state on February 17, and while Minnesota Governor Tim Walz has yet to schedule his, it’s likely to occur […]

Introducing: A Blog Series On Recycling Clean Energy Technologies

Ed Suominen/Flickr This is an introductory blog post in a series examining current challenges and opportunities for recycling of clean energy technologies. Covered in this series are solar panels, wind turbines, and energy storage batteries. Special thanks to Jessica Garcia, UCS’s Summer 2020 Midwest Clean Energy Policy Fellow, for research support and co-authoring these posts. […]

Michigan Governor Whitmer’s Big Step Forward on Climate Leadership

Josh G./Flickr Yesterday, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a broad set of actions called the MI Healthy Climate Plan to help move the state toward a healthier and more prosperous future. The headline grabber is a bold and ambitious goal for Michigan to achieve economy-wide carbon neutrality by 2050, established through Executive Directive 2020-10. That […]

Better Ways of Valuing Energy Efficiency in Minnesota and Beyond

Struan Fraser/Flickr Today, the Union of Concerned Scientists released a new report on ways to better value the benefits of energy efficiency. Our report, Energy and Emissions Benefits from Minnesota Energy Efficiency Investments, focuses on improving the analytical approach to how Minnesota utilities value energy efficiency but is broadly applicable to other states as well. […]