Illinois News

The following news clips highlight Illinois involvement in recent renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and list in chronological order. Here you can scroll through of stories dating back to 2003. Alternatively, you can search state energy news by state and topic.

March 12, 2014

Energy Department Names 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year

The Energy Department and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative of Illinois as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. More

March 12, 2014

Solar Industry Scorches Records

A new report on the solar power industry signals a major milestone for America’s clean energy economy. More

March 6, 2014

Energy Department Names Virginia and Illinois Electric Co-ops the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year

The U.S. Department of Energy and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) today recognized Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) of Virginia and the Rural Electric Convenience Cooperative (RECC) of Illinois as the 2013 Wind Cooperatives of the Year. The awards were presented at the TechAdvantage 2014 Conference and Expo in Nashville, Tenn., to honor electric cooperatives that demonstrate outstanding leadership in advancing U.S. wind power. More

February 27, 2014

Illinois Named Top LEED State in 2013

Illinois headed the Top 10 States for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) ranking released by the U.S. Green Building Council. More

February 12, 2014

Energy Department Awards New ARPA-E Solar Projects

The Energy Department announced $30 million in funding to 12 ARPA-E projects—in Arizona, California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Oklahoma, and Washington—to develop transformational hybrid solar energy technologies that deliver cost-effective power even when the sun is not shining. More

December 11, 2013

Net-Zero Energy Retail Store Debuts in Illinois

Walgreens opened a net-zero energy retail store in Evanston, Illinois, combining solar, wind, and geothermal energy sources for the first time in one of its stores. More

November 13, 2013

Massachusetts Ranked Most Energy-Efficient State: ACEEE

For the third year in a row, Massachusetts topped the annual American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) State Energy Efficiency Scorecard. More

November 8, 2013

Chicago Launches New Process to Drive Solar Development

The City of Chicago announced the launch of Chicago Solar Express, a streamlined and progressive permitting, zoning, and interconnection process established for residents and developers seeking to place solar installations on residential and commercial projects. More

September 26, 2013

Chicago Approves Large-Building Energy Benchmarking

The Chicago City Council approved an ordinance requiring the operators of the city’s largest buildings to benchmark the structures' energy use and authorize the City to disclose the energy efficiency for these buildings publicly. More

June 19, 2013

Northwestern Wins 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

SiNode Systems from Northwestern University won the 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition during the week of June 10. More

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