A Clean Energy Revolution Is Rising in the Midwest, with Utilities in the Vanguard

'2018 Has Been a Turning Point' 

This is the change that environmental advocates hoped for, following a tantalizing few years that pointed in this direction.

"2018 has been a turning point, as some utilities are beginning to make decisions based on the market of the future rather than that of the past," said Howard Learner, president and executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center.

Utilities' long-term plans were being released at the same time that the Midwestern landscape, especially in rural areas, continued a visual transformation that shows the rise of clean energy.

Wind farms are now a familiar part of the view, especially in western Iowa, southwestern Minnesota and other parts of the region's wind belt. And, solar power is growing, with projects planned in many areas, including across Illinois and in Ohio.