| Apr 13, 2014
| 9:54 AM
After two years as a model of success for green energy, Oak Park is going brown.
The Oak Park Village Board chose an energy provider for the village's electric aggregation program that uses fossil fuels — or "brown" energy sources — over a...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 5:54 PM
Conservation-minded Oak Park residents will have an option to purchase green energy at a slightly higher cost than the "brown energy" that will be supplied through a new village electricity deal.
The village announced the green option this week as...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 10:16 AM
The cost of Oak Park's all-renewable energy is expected to rise about 20 percent in June when the village will start a new contract under its Community Choice Aggregation energy program.
The existing contract with energy supplier Integrys expires in...
| Feb 25, 2014
| 9:19 AM
Batavia officials are considering an electric rate increase or an increased sales tax to help pay for the city's participation in an energy project that is costing the city millions.
In advance of a March vote on whether to increase rates or taxes,...
| Apr 30, 2014
| 8:55 AM
RIO DEIRO (Reuters) - Tourists visiting Brazil for the World Cup are advised to pack a bathing suit, sunscreen, and a whole lot of cash.
Home to some of the world's most expensive restaurants and hotels, and with some prices rising more as the opening...
| Apr 23, 2014
| 9:24 AM
Google Inc. is partnering with solar panel maker SunPower Corp. to invest up to $250 million in leasing solar systems to homeowners.
The Mountain View technology giant is contributing up to $100 million, and San Jose-based SunPower will invest $150...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 6:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- Despite a sharp jump in food costs, consumer prices increased just 0.1% last month in an indication inflation remains in check, the Labor Department said Tuesday.
Over the previous year, the consumer price index has risen 1.1%. The...
| Mar 18, 2014
| 12:25 PM
The Batavia City Council voted Monday night to increase the city's sales tax and raise electric rates in an effort to keep its struggling electric utility fund afloat in the coming years.
In a 10-4 vote, the council agreed to raise the city's sales...
| Mar 26, 2014
After nearly 38 years working for the National Park Service, I hung up my "flat hat" this month and retired as superintendent of Joshua Tree National Park. That means I can now speak out against pending proposals with the potential to harm our country's...
| Apr 19, 2014
| 9:00 PM
WASHINGTON — The political attack ad that ran recently in Arizona had some familiar hallmarks of the genre, including a greedy villain who hogged sweets for himself and made children cry.
But the bad guy, in this case, wasn't a fat-cat lobbyist or...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 7:57 PM
A Seattle energy company received initial regulatory approval Wednesday to build five massive wind turbines floating 16 miles off the Oregon coast.
The pilot project off Coos Bay would be the first offshore wind facility on the West Coast. It also would...