November 17, 2014 - 3:55pm
With the opening of gun deer season this weekend, it seems only appropriate to highlight Wisconsin's hunting past. In this photo, former Wisconsin first lady Dorothy Knowles takes aim with her two hunting dogs around 1968. Knowles' ex-husband, Warren P. Knowles, (the two divorced in 1968) served as...
November 14, 2014 - 6:00pm
Trempealeau County residents gathered at a recent meeting in which the town boards of Lincoln and Burnside discussed suing the nearby community of Independence. Photo: Rich Kremer/WPR News.
The western Wisconsin community of Independence could possibly strike a deal with two nearby towns to prevent them from filing a lawsuit challenging Independence’s recent annexation of a frac sand mine.
November 14, 2014 - 4:45pm
Valley Power Plant, a coal-fired power station in Milwaukee operated by We Energies. Photo: Michael Pereckas (CC-BY).
State regulators have approved yet another proposal that allows utilities to increase the fixed amount of money they charge customers for electricity usage. This time, the proposal was one submitted by We Energies, a Milwaukee-based utility that is also the largest in the state of Wisconsin.
November 14, 2014 - 12:40pm
We Energies' Oak Creek Power Plan, as seen from a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan. Photo: Jennifer Tomaloff (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Wisconsin regulators met on Friday to begin discussing whether to approve a rate-change proposal by the Milwaukee-based utility We Energies.
November 13, 2014 - 6:45pm
Enbridge's headquarters in Edmonton, Alberta. Photo: Ainsley Baldwin (CC-BY-SA).
The energy company Enbridge, Inc. says that their oil pipeline expansion to the city of Superior is happening lawfully, despite what environmental and Native American groups are alleging in a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department.
November 13, 2014 - 6:05pm
A frac sand transload facility in Pennsylvania. Photo: Laura Blanchard (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Fewer than 10 percent of frac sand mining operations in Wisconsin are monitoring how much dust is blowing from their sites, thanks in part to monitoring exemptions the DNR has granted to most companies that have requested them since 2012.
November 12, 2014 - 4:55pm
A plant processing tar sands in Alberta, Canada. Photo: Kris Krug (CC-BY-NC-SA).
Environmental groups are filing a lawsuit against the U.S. State Department in a Minnesota federal district court, alleging that a tar sands oil pipeline expansion at the U.S.-Canadian border is moving forward in violation of national environmental law.
November 12, 2014 - 3:40pm
Pleasant Prairie Power Plant, one of We Energies' power stations. Photo: Eric Allix Rogers (CC-BY-NC-SA).
One of the big fights between the solar power industry and Wisconsin utilities could be decided as early as this Friday.
November 12, 2014 - 12:55pm
Gundersen Health System in La Crosse. Photo: Maureen McCollum/WPR News.
After spending many years and many millions of dollars in wind turbines, methane digesters and a biogas facility, Gundersen Health System has now achieved energy independence, and has had 12 days in which it's produced more energy than it consumed.
November 11, 2014 - 1:55pm
A frac sand mining site in western Wisconsin. Photo: Carol Mitchell (CC-BY-NC-ND).
Researchers at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire say they’ve found levels of super-fine dust coming from frac sand processing plants that exceed national standards.