renewable energy

PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials at Bradley University say a building on campus has become the first to use solar panels as its primary source of energy. / Renewable Energies Agency

The greenhouse at the University of Illinois Energy Farm will soon be receiving environmentally friendly heat during winter months.  A new "biomass boiler" from Germany will be replacing the greenhouse's currently used propane gas. 

Wind Energy a Boon to Economy

Sep 5, 2016

A new study makes the case for wind energy as a boon to the economy.  David Loomis is Director of the Center for Renewable Energy at Illinois State University, which did the analysis. He says when adding up various factors, wind farms in Illinois account for 6 billion dollars worth of activity over a 25 year period.  Among those factors: jobs.

The nuclear, coal and renewable-energy industries find themselves vying for the attention of Illinois lawmakers this legislative session. 

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - The nuclear, coal and renewable-energy industries find themselves vying for the attention of Illinois lawmakers this legislative session.  

Lawmakers are trying to work on the state budget impasse, but energy providers hope they will focus on legislation to deal with Illinois' long-term power needs before the scheduled May 31 adjournment. The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that all three industries back measures that they say are vital to the state's energy future and economy.

Illinois Commerce Commission Defends Clean Line Position

Dec 3, 2015

This week, the Illinois Commerce Commission defended its decision to grant a Texas-based company status as a public utility. On Tuesday, a lawyer representing ComEd, farmers, and landowners was the first to speak during oral arguments before the Third District Appellate Court, followed by lawyers for the commission and Rock Island Clean Line. Illinois Public Radio's Michelle O'Neill reports the company must also obtain public utility status from the Iowa Utilities Board before it can build a high voltage power line from northwestern Iowa to northeastern Illinois. 


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Illinois appears to have potential for growth in wind energy.  One area that some say is ripe for development is wind farms off the shores of Lake Michigan.   

A federal study says Illinois could become the number two wind energy producer in the next 30 years.

A few years back, the state created a commission to examine wind energy development in Lake Michigan.

But one expert doesn't see that happening any time soon off the shores of Illinois.  David Loomis, the Director of Illinois State University's Center for Renewable Energy, says it would be a tough sell:

Despite huge pushes to alter Illinois' energy policies, it appears none will advance before the end of the month when the General Assembly is set to adjourn.  

A Chicago-based environmental group has released a report on the economic impact of renewable energy in Illinois.

Representatives of a wide spectrum of energy policy interests are gathering in St. Louis this week. They'll be attending the eighth annual Midwest Energy Policy Conference.  The conference is being organized by the non-profit Midwest Energy Initiative.

Ameren Transmission Company is getting ready to study public opinion on its plan to construct a 345-thousand-volt transmission line from Peoria to Galesburg. The company held the last of its public open houses on the matter Thursday.

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  A coalition of clean energy proponents are supporting the new US EPA rules released Monday.

Peoria residents will get the chance this week to weigh in on where a new electric transmission line will be located. Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois is working to build the 345,000-volt Spoon River Transmission Line between Galesburg and Peoria. The goal is to help deliver more renewable energy to customers.