ISEA Policy Blog

Welcome to the ISEA Policy Blog. Catch up on the latest issues related to the adoption of solar and small wind energy in Illinois. We welcome your feedback and referral of newsworthy developments. 

  • 02 Feb 2010 8:59 AM | Michelle Hickey
    Illinois is an interesting case study for renewable portfolio standards for many reasons. First, the state has a 25% by 2025 Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) with 75% carve-out for wind. (more)
  • 29 Jan 2010 2:16 PM | Michelle Hickey
    As an owner of one of the leading wind-power development companies in Illinois, I have seen many rants against renewable energy, both oral and written, but none as surprisingly misinformed as "Problems with wind power" (Voice of the People, Jan. 8) by Dan Miller, publisher, the Heartland Institute, Chicago, and former chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission. more
  • 28 Jan 2010 4:36 PM | Anonymous

    Inspectors find code books don't address new technology

    Just before the first snow fell, Harry Ruetschlin climbed up on his garage roof and mounted 12 flexible panels, becoming one of the first residents in his northwest suburb to take the solar plunge.[MORE]

  • 28 Jan 2010 3:59 PM | Anonymous

    BELLEVILLE – January 14, 2010. Governor Pat Quinn today announced a $1.7 million state grant for the Illinois Community College Sustainability Network (ICCSN) to expand green educational and training offerings throughout Illinois’ community college network. Part of the funding will be used to establish Green Jobs Centers at three Illinois campuses, including Southwestern Illinois College’s (SWIC) Belleville Campus.[MORE]

  • 18 Jan 2010 4:23 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Illinois is on its way to surpassing 1,000 megawatts of installed wind energy with its giant Cayuga Ridge wind farm south of Chicago. 
    Iberdrola Renewables will source wind energy from its 300-MW Streator Cayuga Ridge South project currently being constructed near the villages of Odell and Emington, Illinois, south of Chicago. Once completed around March, the project will supplement Illinois’s current wind generating capacity of about 1,000 MW. The Iberdrola project is expected to generate 331 direct construction jobs in the area. more
  • 28 Dec 2009 12:31 PM | Anonymous
    Colleges are rapidly adding new majors and minors in green studies, and students are filling them fast.

    Nationwide, more than 100 majors, minors or certificates were created this year in energy and sustainability-focused programs at colleges big and small, says the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. That's up from just three programs added in 2005.[MORE]

    NOTE: Oakton Community College, Wright College and the College of DuPage all have Alternative Energy programs in different levels of development. JB

  • 27 Dec 2009 3:13 PM | Anonymous
    Continuing an annual tradition, Cleantech Group Executive Chairman Nicholas Parker offers ten trends to watch for in 2010.[MORE]
  • 27 Dec 2009 12:52 PM | Anonymous
    The year 2009 saw several breakthroughs in solar-energy technology, among them:
  • 27 Dec 2009 12:01 PM | Anonymous

    In the spring of 2002, Gamesa, a global wind energy giant, approached landowners in rural Lee County about building the first commercial-scale wind farm in Illinois.

    After a series of tests, the Mendota Hills Wind Farm went online in November 2003. The project, which Gamesa later sold, has 63 windmills that produce 50.4 megawatts of electricity a year - enough to power between 11,000 and 15,000 homes.[MORE]

  • 27 Dec 2009 11:18 AM | Anonymous
    Beginning next year, the city will install thousands of smart meters, wireless devices that allow utilities and customers to monitor electricity use, with the goal of reducing outages, lowering energy bills and shrinking carbon footprints.

    But as smart meters have been unveiled across the country this year, some have questioned their intelligence. [MORE]

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