| Jun 10, 2014
| 12:03 PM
When a mechanical engineer today proposed building a floating entertainment island full off Chicago's shoreline, he wasn't the first to dream of building on Lake Michigan.
Here are some ideas that didn't see fruition:
• In 1884, it was reported...
| Jun 21, 2014
| 11:35 AM
With a national Solar Day of Action on Saturday, schools and public buildings across the nation may be in for financial boosts of up to $14,000 to help them go solar.
As part of the public awareness campaign, an Oakland-based solar-investment...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 8:41 PM
The periodic blackouts in Cassina Tarsia's Oceanside neighborhood meant the 71-year-old couldn't charge her cellphone or electric wheelchair.
But outages aren't a problem anymore.
Since February, Tarsia's garage has housed a suitcase-sized battery...
| Jun 18, 2014
| 11:52 AM
Worried solar farms could overtake prized patches of open space, a Los Angeles councilman is asking the Department of Water and Power board to put off allowing new arrays that are mounted on the ground -- part of its Feed-In Tariff program -- until the...
| 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...
| May 27, 2014
| 4:33 PM
River Forest Elementary School District 90 will outfit its three schools with solar panels this summer.
Teachers will add lessons on renewable energy and solar power to complement the new panels, which are scheduled to be installed by the end of July,...
| Apr 5, 2014
| 9:48 AM
The Senate moved Saturday to curtail commercial wind turbines across much of the state to protect a prized naval air station in southern Maryland, brushing aside arguments the curb would kill a $200 million energy project on the Eastern Shore.
By a vote...
| May 30, 2014
| 11:03 AM
State legislators Friday passed a bill that will open up money to purchase solar energy for Illinois consumers.
The bill passed easily in both chambers and will allow Illinois to purchase solar power until a more permanent solution is presented to fix...
| May 9, 2014
| 4:53 AM
President Obama will promote his record on energy efficiency on Friday by touting several initiatives he says are taking hold across the country – as well as the completion of one very close to home.
After years of delay, solar panels have been...
| Mar 17, 2014
| 6:29 PM
A bill that could allow hundreds of acres of preserved farmland to be converted to wind farms or other renewable energy projects was approved Monday by the House of Delegates, 97 to 33.
Supporters say farmers need the ability to diversify their income...
| Jun 1, 2014
| 3:48 PM
GRISWOLD — To Jim Bardia, the path to a better wind turbine is the same as the one to a faster race car.
It is incremental improvements here and there that shave seconds from a lap time and cents from a kilowatt hour.
Bardia, a former race car...