President Barack Obama delivers the State of the Union address in the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 24, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

On Tuesday, President Barack Obama presented his annual State of the Union address. One of the most interesting topics

Jeffrey Tomich of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently wrote an excellent article about a transmission line proposed by Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based transmission company.  This article struck me as being particularly timely, as there are (at least) two significant problems that keep us from achieving renewable energy’s full potential in the U.S.: 

Illinois has seen a flurry of activity at the county level regarding how to best balance the economic and environmental benefits of wind energy development in the state with the concerns of local landowners.  In addressing this issue, Bureau County and Iroquois County have recently decided upon dramatically different approaches, and the resulting economic impacts

Let me start with this up-front.  I can’t shake the feeling that the term “NIMBY” comes off as somehow derogatory.  That is not what I intend to convey when I use the term.  For the uninitiated, NIMBY is short for “not in my backyard” and describes local activists who campaign against renewable projects in their

Have you ever wondered just how many renewable energy projects across the United States have been stalled due to permitting challenges and local landowner opposition?  Well, I’ve recently stumbled upon the wonderful “Project No Project” initiative put together by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce which attempts to answer that very question.

Per the site: “