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March 27, 2014

One of the biggest trends in sustainable power nationally is solar and finance companies — rather than homeowners or businesses — paying the upfront cost for solar panels.

A bill just introduced in Madison aims to get Wisconsin on that bandwagon. The bill isn't going to pass but was introduced to get the conversation started on an issue that is strongly opposed by state utilities.

February 21, 2014

Generating electricity is not the only way to turn sunlight into energy we can use on demand. The sun can also drive reactions to create chemical fuels, such as hydrogen, that can in turn power cars, trucks and trains.

February 10, 2014

As the evidence for global climate change continues to mount, students are becoming increasingly aware that the implications of a more extreme climate are vast and, as are the opportunities for a coming generation to combat them.

In recent years, as environmental issues have become more central to the public eye, opportunities for students at the University of Wisconsin to pursue degrees in environmental sustainability have greatly increased, Tracey Holloway, an associate professor of environmental studies, said.

February 06, 2014

The Charter Street Heating Plant is responsible for keeping the 65,000 people who work and study on campus in more than 300 buildings comfortable.

Wisconsin Energy Institute Welcomes Mary Blanchard

January 23, 2014

UW-Madison got a boost this week in its efforts to lead the world in clean energy research. Mary Blanchard, a biofuels industry professional and former executive at Virent, Inc., joined the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI) as the new associate director. Blanchard, whose career portfolio spans business development, industrial and governmental relations and marketing, makes a promising addition to the WEI.

Interview: Wisconsin Energy Institute expert says state lags in renewable standards

January 21, 2014

The Legislature is making some minor changes to the state's renewable portfolio standards, which require that by 2015 regulated utilities provide 10 percent of their energy from green sources like wind, solar, hydro-electric, manure, and biomass. 

But what the Wisconsin really needs is a major overhaul of utility regulations that would encourage utility investment in alternative energy and new technology, according to Gary Radloff, Midwest energy policy analysis director at the UW-Madison Wisconsin Energy Institute. 

January 16, 2014

Using a plant-derived chemical, University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have developed a process for creating a concentrated stream of sugars that’s ripe with possibility for biofuels.

Newest alternate energy research facility in the U.S. designed by HOK

January 06, 2014

The Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI), the newest alternate energy research center in the U.S., is fulfilling a prime objective—creating random opportunities for scientists of various disciplines to casually communicate. The five-story, 104,000-sf research center is on the Univ. of Wisconsin (UW) campus in Madison, Wis. Designed by the St. Louis office of HOK and Madison-based Potter Lawson, the $57.1 million facility hosts renewable energy systems research. It was funded by the state of Wisconsin.

Biofuels Digest Names Two Wisconsin Energy Institute Researchers to its list of the “Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy, 2013-14.”

December 31, 2013

Biofuels Digest recently named UW-Madison professors of chemical and biological engineering, George Huber and Jim Dumesic, to its list of the “Top 100 People in the Bioeconomy, 2013-14.”

Each year, the Digest’s more than 34,000 subscribers are invited to nominate the top 100 “transformative people to know in bioenergy or bio-industry.” Digest editors then compile a list of the most outstanding researchers, industry executives, policymakers, and company executives from all over the world.

December 24, 2013

Last spring, Betty Ybarra occupied a tent in a county park and with her tentmates dug moats to discourage oncoming floodwaters.

Starting Christmas Eve, she and a tentmate will upgrade to a brand new “tiny home” they helped build with aid from a variety of helpers including local colleges. It has a roof, insulated walls, a toilet and a sink. Christmas lights hang outside it.

It’s a twist of fate more fortunate than they could imagine possible.