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We’ve put together a collection of real-time and relevant news stories, podcast episodes, action alerts and current happenings about the Midwest  programs and policies that work to advance clean energy adoption. By reading, sharing, and taking action with these news updates, together we can amplify the voices of these successful programs and policies to position the clean energy industry as a leader in the economy and the economic recovery.

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Community Solar as a Model in Minnesota

Timothy DenHerder-Thomas with Cooperative Energy Futures (CEF) joined Rise Up Partner, Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) out of Minnesota, to talk about his journey working on climate and clean...

Attend a Free Solar Training Info Session

As a part of Rise Up Midwest!, MREA has partnered with Walnut Way in Milwaukee, WI to offer an introductory solar installation training program to eligible applicants. Learn more about this solar...

Credit Where Credit is Due – Featuring Winneshiek Energy District’s Andy Johnson

If you have been following energy policy developments in the Midwest over the last 5 years, you’ve probably noticed that electric utilities recently switched from fighting against solar energy development to developing solar projects at a record pace. Have energy companies seen the light? Should we shelve our concerns about wealthy, monopoly for-profit utility companies using their privileged market status and political connections to fight against solar energy and energy efficiency? Not so fast. 

A Big Win for Solar

In a controversial April petition, the New England Ratepayers Association (NERA) petitioned the Federal Energy Regulation Commision (FERC) to assert jurisdiction over any on-site, behind-the-meter...

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