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. 

  • 17 Feb 2010 4:58 PM | Michelle Hickey

    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) introduced a bill aimed at getting 10 million new solar rooftop systems and 200,000 new solar hot water heating systems installed in the U.S. in the next ten years.

    Cleverly titled the “10 Million Solar Roofs & 10 Million Gallons of Solar Hot Water Act” (PDF), it would provide rebates that cover up to half the cost of new systems, along the lines of incentive programs in California and New Jersey (not coincidentally, Nos. 1 and 2 in installed solar in the U.S.). It also includes measures to insure that those who receive assistance get information on how to make their buildings more energy efficient. (more)

    Fact Sheet

  • 17 Feb 2010 4:49 PM | Michelle Hickey
    Joe Esmonde, renewable energy political liaison for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers in Portland, said trained workers are available to rewire buildings and hook up solar panels and wind turbines. "A lot of growth could be done if the market had the right signals" that would come with passing climate change legislation, he said. (more)
  • 16 Feb 2010 4:54 PM | Michelle Hickey
    The Windy City is sure living up to its name! A wind-powered electric vehicle charging station was recently installed in Chicago. (more)
  • 14 Feb 2010 6:34 PM | Anonymous

    What began as a simple request to amend Peoria County's travel policy to suggest the use of "green" hotels has expanded.

    County officials now are looking at such topics as "green" buildings and "green" vehicle fleets.

    Peoria County Board members are considering the scope of a plan aimed at preserving resources for future generations and saving money.


  • 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

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