A long-term commitment to energy policy in the Midwest is transforming the region’s energy system, economy, and environment. By tapping into its enormous renewable energy potential and manufacturing know-how, the Midwest is poised to become a world leader in renewable energy.
The Energy Foundation and its partners are proud to have supported clean energy in the region for more than 20 years. In 1993, the foundation funded Powering the Midwest, a Union of Concerned Scientists study that laid out a vision for significant growth in wind, biomass, and distributed electricity generation. At the time, three-quarters of global wind capacity was in California, with most of the rest in Denmark—and none in the Midwest.
Our 2012 annual report essay explores progress and leadership in a region where life-long corn and hog farmers are earning extra income by leasing land for wind farms, and urban residents are charging electric vehicles with rooftop solar panels.
[Photo courtesy American Wind Energy Association]