Wisconsin Food Company Investing in Solar Electricity

LA FARGE, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin food company is planning to invest in solar electricity aimed at increasing the state’s solar capacity and reducing electric bills for rural customers. La Farge-based Cooperative Organic Valley has partnered with solar developer OneEnergy Renewables and the Upper Midwest Municipal Energy Group on the project, the La Crosse […]

US Homebuilder Sentiment Rise in November

By Alex Veiga U.S. homebuilders are feeling more optimistic this month, reflecting a recent rebound in sales of newly built homes. The National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo builder sentiment index released Thursday rose two points to 70 this month. That’s the highest reading since March. Readings above 50 indicate more builders see sales conditions […]

Illinois’ First Fracking Permit Returned by Kansas Company

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first company to obtain a permit for fracking in Illinois announced last month that it won’t use it, citing market conditions and the state’s “burdensome and costly” regulations. Wichita, Kansas-based Woolsey Companies Inc. was given permission in September by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to drill near the southeast […]

Michigan Lake to Be Tested for Contaminants After Dam Break

PAW PAW, Mich. (AP) — A lake in southwest Michigan will be tested weekly for contamination following a dam breach. A 113-year-old dam near Briggs Pond and Maple Lake broke Oct. 15 because of heavy rain, The Kalamazoo Gazette reported. Maple Lake is used for fishing, boating and other recreational activities. Briggs Pond was created […]

Electric Trucks Emerging But Still Have a Long Haul

By Dee-Ann Durbin DETROIT (AP) — Electric trucks are having a moment in the spotlight, but they won’t replace diesel-powered trucks in big numbers until they overcome costs and other limitations. Tesla Inc. plans to unveil a semitractor-trailer this week, its first foray into trucking after more than a decade of making cars and SUVs. […]