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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.

Now is the time. #RiseUpMidwest!


Energy Equity

How do we achieve a more equitable energy economy? If you ask Denise Abdul-Rahman with the NAACP, she’ll kindly tell you that we need a system that increases employment opportunities and decreases...

Beyond Coal

Did you know that uneconomical coal plants in the Midwest are costing you, the ratepayer, millions of dollars? In recent years, utilities across the region have been clinging to uneconomical coal...

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...

Local Energy Influence

How can your community gain influence over how your energy dollars are spent? It’s not easy. In this episode, we discuss how jurisdictions are harnessing their economic and political power to get...

Credit Where Credit is Due

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...

Electricity Cost Burdens Have Shifted due to COVID-19

In a time where the future of the office is more uncertain than ever, where the home-office has become the new office, and where unemployment has been at unprecedented levels, we are seeing electricity cost burdens shifting away from employers and onto home employees or the unemployed.

Get Up and Try

How does a small kid from a small town make a positive and lasting impact on the lives of many people? If you ask Tia Nelson, she’ll tell you that it is by using our power to get up every day and try. In this episode, we interview Tia Nelson about her decades of work in service of her father’s vision of improving the world’s most polluted environments in service of the people that live there.


The nation’s self-proclaimed industry of independence has never been more dependent. How can we regain control and stability in our energy markets? Generate locally.

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