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Xcel CEO charts steady course to lower-carbon future

Xcel CEO Ben Fowke. (Image via YouTube)Xcel Energy Inc. Chief Executive Officer Ben Fowke may have found the sweet spot as the leader of one of the nation's largest utility holding companies.

In Illinois, residents demand answers about plant's future

The E.D. Edwards power plant near Bartonville, Illinois. (Photo courtesy Illinois Sierra Club)While Dynegy has not announced plans to close any of its newly acquired Illinois coal plants, environmental and labor advocates are concerned the company "will walk away from communities" if the time comes.

Michigan’s ‘godfather’ of wind energy now getting into solar

Rich Vander Veen's collaborative approach helped get Michigan's largest wind project off the ground with little controversy. (Photo courtesy Michigan Environmental Council)Rich Vander Veen, the developer behind Michigan’s largest wind project, talks about the state's renewable energy future.

Ethanol producers squeezing more fuel from corn crops

(Photo by lada/photo via Creative Commons)A farmer-owned refinery in Iowa that recently produced ethanol from corn fiber made a bit of biofuel history, which may be a prelude to more developments to come.