This Weeks Articles...
Yahara Lakes 101
Alliant Energy poised to become largest solar operator in Wisconsin
Edgewater coal plant closure signals move towards renewable energy
Great Lakes Energy News Roundup: Ohio wind power in Lake Erie, solar projects stall in Illinois, major Wisconsin coal plant to close
Sold Down the River
Environmental Groups, Landowners Ask State to Turn Down Enbridge Reroute
Wisconsin joins states, cities challenging Trump mileage standards rollback
Farm families, livestock exhibitors saddened by Wisconsin State Fair cancellation
Yahara Lakes 101: The Beauty and Basics of Rain Gardens
Rain gardens are the ultimate multi-function garden, boasting an ability to provide aesthetic improvement, privacy screening, wildlife habitat, and even improve nearby water quality and clarity. So how can you create your own?
In this month`s ONLINE Yahara Lakes 101 talk, Paul Skawinski from the Extension Lakes program at UW-Stevens Point will teach us what a rain garden is, what it isn`t, and how to start adding one to your landscape. Creating a rain garden is not difficult, but considering a few helpful tips will get you on your way to a beautiful and functional rain garden in less time, with less effort.
Ken Notes: I still believe we should take a road trip to Minneapolis St. Paul and look at what they did to clean up their lakes...
When Kraus-Anderson began the development process for its new corporate headquarters building in downtown Minneapolis, company leadership determined the guiding principle used throughout the project would be “cost-effective sustainability.” This principle has influenced all decision-making with regard to space planning for customers and employees; building components, systems, and technology; and construction means and methods. As a result, the building is on track to achieve LEED certification for sustainability....
Ken Notes:KA is leading by example...
Energy News Network
SOLAR: Wisconsin utility Alliant Energy proposes to spend $900 million on six solar projects totaling 675 MW of capacity, which it says will save ratepayers $2 billion over the next three decades. (Wisconsin State Journal)
• COVID-19 has disrupted Illinois solar companies’ momentum while a lack of funding for a state incentive program looms even larger. (Illinois Newsroom)
• A solar developer plans energy efficiency and solar installations at six Ohio school districts to be completed later this year. (LimaOhio.com)
BIOGAS: Xcel Energy looks to “better understand the opportunities” of renewable natural gas by exploring costs and customer interest. (Star Tribune)
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By the end of 2022 Alliant Energy, a Madison-based energy company, will be shuttering the Edgewater coal plant in Sheboygan. By closing the plant, the company said in a press release, it hopes to transition to renewable energy, and avoid long-term costs for current customers.
“For decades, our Edgewater Generating Station has been providing customers and communities safe and reliable energy,” said David de Leon, president of Alliant’s Wisconsin Power and Light Company. “As we transition from coal toward a cleaner energy mix, we are caring for our employees, creating new jobs and bringing new economic development opportunities to the communities we serve.”
Revitalizing the coal industry was one of President Donald Trump’s main campaign promises back in 2016. Not only has that not happened, but use of coal energy has continued to decline throughout his administration. In some cases, as with sand fracking, these changes may be due to the shifting tides of business. In others, companies seem to have realized that the future is quickly running out of room for dirty energy...
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Wisconsin’s Alliant Energy to Close Coal Plant in Sheboygan – Wisconsin Public Radio
Alliant Energy announced on Friday
last week that its Edgewater coal plant – located in Sheboygan,
Wisconsin – will be closed at the end of 2022. In a press release, the
utility company said the closure of the 400 MW power plant is part of a
broader company policy to move towards renewable energy. By 2023,
Alliant Energy intends to generate up to 1,000 MW of solar power.
Alliant also intends to recover $500 million worth of investment in the plant, which will be overseen by state regulators. Only one other coal plant is still operated by Alliant, the Pardeeville-based Columbia Energy Center, co-operated with the Wisconsin Public Service and Madison Gas & Electric. Alliant made no announcements regarding the Columbia Energy Center but intends to completely phase out the use of coal in its energy production by 2050....more
Film Screening of "Sold Down the River"
Please join us on June 4th at 7 p.m. for a FREE online screening of Sold Down the River, a short documentary film that tells the story of Kewaunee County’s drinking water crisis and of the continued environmental exploitation of rural communities. Filmmaker Karen Erbach Lawlor says she was inspired to create Sold Down the River after reading about MEA`s work to obtain justice for Kewaunee County families.
After the film, John Peck, executive director of Wisconsin-based Family Farm Defenders, and Lynn Utesch, Kewaunee Cares, will join MEA staff attorneys Andrea Gelatt and Adam Voskuil to discuss opportunities for progress in the struggle for clean water in Wisconsin.
View the trailer here >> https://beloitfilmfest.org/films/sold-down-the-river/
A group of environmental advocates and property owners are seeking to stop an energy company’s attempt to reroute an oil pipeline in northern Wisconsin.
The pipeline is owned by Endbridge, a Canadian energy company. According to the company’s website, the line was built in 1953 and transports as much as 540,000 barrels of oil a day.
Last year, the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa sued Enbridge to remove the pipeline that runs through their land. Mike Wiggins Jr., the chief executive of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, says Enbridge has no right to be on their land after the tribe refused to renew the company’s lease in 2012......more
WGBA has combined forces with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and together we will pilot a new model for USGBC chapters and local market engagement...
Nearly two dozen states and several cities on Wednesday filed a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s rollback of Obama-era mileage standards, saying science backed up the old regulations developed with the help of the nation’s car makers.
They asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to review the actions by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Transportation Department and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration that led to the Safer Affordable Fuel-Efficient (SAFE) Vehicles rule issued in March. A coalition of environmental groups also filed a similar petition with the court...
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Wisconsin farm families, and Milwaukee high school students who raise livestock, will be disappointed if the cancellation of the Wisconsin State Fair means they won’t have an opportunity to showcase their animal this year.
“I’m still holding out hope there will be something … because when I was a kid, showing animals at State Fair was something I looked forward to all summer long,” said Chad Ryan, a dairy farmer from Fond du Lac.
“A lot of these kids have been working on their projects for months, so to not have a place to go would be pretty sad,” Ryan said.
It’s the first time in 75 years that the Wisconsin State Fair has been canceled. Organizers said Thursday they were worried about operating a massive event safely and economically during the coronavirus pandemic......more
Ken Notes: This is sad, I also worry about the purchase awards for he individuals showing animals at local and state fairs. We need to create an ag scholarship fund...
The WI Sustainable Business Council is a network of Wisconsin businesses and organizations that are interested in, or actively responding to, the challenge of sustainability.
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Communities across Wisconsin are looking to develop clean energy plans to do their part against global warming, and La Crosse is getting in on the action as well.
The Wisconsin Clean Energy Toolkit will launch statewide today, with La Crosse, Madison, Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Milwaukee all participating. The Toolkit is a comprehensive guide to energy policy options in the state, and is designed to help communities of any size achieve their goal of going green.
Ken Notes: I will keep this link for awhile...
When the Earth Moves reclaims the authentic story and original vision of Earth Day as a bipartisan and socially just environmental movement and highlights the need for people across generations and on both sides of the political aisle to play an active part. The premiere coincides with the 50th anniversary of Earth Day – an event that is expected to activate over a billion people worldwide around environmental and climate action.
Ken Notes: Please share this link with friends and family. It would be a great opportunity to share and discuss with students. The film is less than 10 minutes long but presents a great deal of information and hope for our future...
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Hot off the “press,” AgSTAR’s updated handbook is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for anaerobic digestion and biogas systems.
For 26 years, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) AgSTAR Program has been helping farmers and communities across the United States develop and implement anaerobic digestion (AD) biogas systems. These systems are critical to reduce methane emissions from manure management operations, while also providing other environmental and economic benefits. As a trusted partnership program, AgSTAR helps educate the public on best practices for designing, implementing and maintaining digester projects and brings together leading experts to discuss opportunities and challenges for advancing the biogas industry.
AgSTAR’s newest resource, the Anaerobic Digester Project Development Handbook, is a comprehensive compilation of the latest knowledge in the industry on best practices for AD/ biogas systems. The goal of the Handbook is to ensure long-term project success for AD biogas systems by providing background and a framework for AD project development....more
Ken Notes:I would love to see Wisconsin become the leader in this technology! Every farmer and elected official in the state should download this.
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