An increasing number of coal plants in the region can’t compete economically with wind power or natural gas. Many have already closed, while others have been announced for closure in the coming years.
This trend presents a unique opportunity to move the region toward a cleaner energy future that will transform an unsustainable, polluting energy system into one that creates opportunities for economic prosperity and job growth powered by sustainable, clean, low-carbon and homegrown energy sources.
The Midwest is home to some of the best renewable energy resources in the world, especially wind. The region is also endowed with a strong industrial base and leading research universities, where a tradition of hard work and innovation has long made the Midwest an economic engine for the entire nation.
Few areas of the world have this ideal mix of resources, industrial capacity, and knowledge base that can successfully drive a clean energy future. With these unique advantages, the Midwest is poised to significantly ramp up its renewable energy supply in the years ahead.