June 5, 2018

People want clean energy, researchers are finding ways to optimize its use, and utilities are striving to make it happen!


83% of Illinois Residents Want the Freedom to Choose Clean Energy

A new poll, commissioned by CleanChoice Energy and conducted by SurveyUSA, found that of 550 Illinois residents surveyed, 83% “want to be able to choose clean, renewable energy as a source for their home,” and 78% ” would be interested in 100% of their electricity being renewable energy if provided the option.”

Over 1.6 million people in Illinois are in poverty. To support investment in social and climate justice for people in low-income communities, check out Neighborhood Funders Group.


Electric cars can serve as mobile power storage, save billions on infrastructure

A new study from California’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory shows how electric cars can bolster the renewable energy grid by acting as mobile batteries. The research team demonstrated that “EVs could help mitigate the impact of daytime overproduction and evening energy surges by being charged in a controlled manner”- for example, during sunny afternoons when solar panels generate excess energy.

To support investment in social and climate justice for people in low and moderate income communities throughout the US, check out Neighborhood Funders Group.


Wind XII project positions MidAmerican Energy to hit 100% renewables

Upon completion of their new “Wind XII” project in Iowa, utility MidAmerican Energy Company “will be the first investor-owned electric utility in the country to generate renewable energy equal to 100% of its customers’ usage on an annual basis.” The company has no plans to increase costs to consumers.

Companies may be moving toward cleaner energy, but pollution still disproportionately affects low-income communities of color and recent immigrants. Learn more about how Center for Community Action and Environmental Justice works to change that.