How regulators can improve clean energy economics

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Wind and solar could meet nearly all Midwest energy needs by 2050, researcher says

As lawmakers debate relatively modest renewable energy standards across the Midwest

Or

Seek to halt them all together

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Clean energy groups, public officials and California researcher’s highlighted plans last month for the region

To get to 100 percent renewables by 2050.

Led by Mark Jacobson, director of Stanford University’s Atmosphere and Energy Program,

The Solutions Project says each state can hit a 100 percent renewable

Mix through wind, water and solar within 35 years.

For seven Midwest states

Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa

Between 50 percent (Indiana)

And

79 percent (Minnesota)

Of the projected energy mix could come from a combination of onshore and offshore wind.

The remaining supply would mostly comprise utility-scale,

Wind and solar could meet nearly all Midwest energy needs by 2050, researcher says

As lawmakers debate relatively modest renewable energy standards across the Midwest

Or

Seek to halt them all together

Clean energy groups, public officials and California researcher’s highlighted plans last month for the region

To get to 100 percent renewable by 2050.

Led by Mark Jacobson, director of Stanford University’s Atmosphere and Energy Program,

The Solutions Project says each state can hit a 100 percent renewable

Mix through wind, water and solar within 35 years.

For seven Midwest states

Michigan, Minnesota, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Ohio and Iowa

Between 50 percent (Indiana)

And

79 percent (Minnesota)

Of the projected energy mix could come from a combination of onshore and offshore wind.

The remaining supply would mostly comprise utility-scale,

Commercial,

Residential

And

Concentrated solar,

With a small percentage from hydroelectric sources

Under the projected energy mixes.

Minnesota firm has a new approach to clean energy financing

A small town on the prairie of southwest Minnesota,

Morris has an outsized reputation in the renewable energy world.

The city’s University of Minnesota campus boasts

Two wind turbines,

Solar thermal

And

Photovoltaic installations,

And

A small biomass plant.

Having seen the university’s success

And

Having collaborated on some of those projects

City leaders decided the community itself needed to head in that same direction.

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Q&A:

How regulators can improve clean energy economics for utilities

Written By

Kevin Featherly

05/27/2016

Andy Satchwell,

And

Steve Kihm

Say regulators have the ability to help utilities meet clean energy targets

While still providing returns for shareholders.

Steve Kihm

And

Andy Satchwell have a message for energy regulators.

Kihm, chief economist

At Madison, Wisconsin-based Seventhwave,

And

Satchwell,

A Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory researcher,

say regulators have economic levers at their disposal that can guide utilities

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Toward green energy development

While improving returns for shareholders.

They just have to learn to use them.

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