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Commentary: Tar sands pose risk to Great Lakes

Milwaukee author Eric Hansen is an award-winning conservation essayist and public radio commentator.Expanding proposals for more pipeline capacity by Enbridge, as well as plans to ship tar sands crude oil across Lake Superior and other Great Lakes, are astonishing in their sheer scale.

To improve efficiency, cities collaborate — and compete

Chicago is among ten cities participating in the City Energy Project. (Photo by Edward Stojakovic via Creative Commons)Advocates in Chicago want their city to be the most energy efficient in the nation. But they'll need a little help to get there.

Combined heat and power has promise, faces hurdles in Ohio

A combined heat and power system at Toledo’s Huntington Center supplements the 8,000-seat arena’s heating, cooling and electricity needs. (Photo courtesy GEM Energy)Ohio businesses can achieve high energy efficiency and save huge amounts of money with combined heat and power, but regulatory and legislative landscape have made it harder to reap those benefits.

In Missouri, industry wants off the ‘solar coaster’

Solar panels at Elixir Farm in Brixey, Missouri. (Photo by SARE Outreach via Creative Commons)Solar installers, the businesses supposedly causing heartburn for old-school utilities across much of the country, are staring at their own "death spiral" in Missouri.