renewable energy

Jenna Dooley / WNIJ

Last week, two dozen teachers from Beijing looked up at large, domed buildings. A translator explained how, inside, the gas from sewage waste is collected and converted into energy. The finished product is clean drinking water.

They were touring Freedom Field Renewable Energy in Rockford, which specializes in commercialized energy solutions.

The not-for-profit provides educational and technical support to businesses and manufacturers, as well as community members and students.

Flickr User James Bowe / "Lightbulb" (CC BY 2.0)

The nuclear, coal and renewable-energy industries find themselves vying for the attention of Illinois lawmakers this legislative session.

Lawmakers are trying to work on the state budget impasse, but energy providers hope they will focus on legislation to deal with Illinois' long-term power needs before the scheduled May 31 adjournment.

The Springfield bureau of Lee Enterprises newspapers reports that all three industries back measures that they say are vital to the state's energy future and economy.

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There's a new player in a battle over energy policy that's playing out at the Illinois Capitol.

Exelon wants support for its nuclear plants, a renewable energy coalition wants to require more wind and solar, and now a coal company and its supporters want in on the action.

The latest push would give the state's coal industry a boost.

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The 13th annual Illinois Renewable Energy and Sustainable Lifestyle Fair is this weekend at the Ogle County Fairgrounds. 

Coal Production Up in Illinois

Nov 14, 2012
Department of Energy

The low price of natural gas has meant tough competition for the coal industry. Production is down across the country, except, it turns out, in Illinois.