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The Energy News Network is taking a break until January 2. In the meantime, here’s a look back at our 10 most-read stories from 2018.
This was a landmark year for the Energy News Network. We’ve started expanding nationwide and have added new staff members in our St. Paul office as well as more reporters based around the country. Our stories are finding new audiences thanks to increased engagement and social media efforts as well as partnerships like our pilot project with the Associated Press, facilitated by the Institute for Nonprofit News.
While we tend to focus on the impact of our work — gathering stories on how journalism is helping to make the world a better place — we also like to keep an eye on the stories that are resonating the most with our readers.
(Also, if you’re reading this before January 1, there’s still time to double your contribution to the Energy News Network with NewsMatch. Thanks to everyone who’s contributed so far!)
And now, here are the ten most-read Energy News Network stories from 2018.
story by Kevin Stark with photos by Ryan Koverman | The internet positively adored these drone images showing the color contrast between LED street lights and their older counterparts.
story and photos by Kari Lydersen | The first of a three-part series explored how a decades-old coal lease could force Illinois farmers off their land.
story by Andy Balaskovitz | A proposed wind project in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula is unique in that it largely involves a single landowner — Weyerhaeuser Company, the world’s largest private owner of timberlands.
story by Frank Jossi | The Oglala Sioux in South Dakota are partnering with an established developer on a proposed 500-megawatt wind farm.
story by Elizabeth Ouzts | As the South becomes the largest supplier of biomass pellets to Europe, advocates raise questions about local impacts.
story by Kevin Stark | A recap of a report by the Rocky Mountain Institute pointing to how home heating can be decarbonized.
story by Kevin Stark with photos by Lloyd DeGrane | The technology behind cryptocurrencies is still seeking a foothold in the energy industry.
story by Kathiann Kowalski | A quarter of a billion dollars from Ohio ratepayers is supposed to have been used to upgrade the grid, but the state’s largest utility is reluctant to provide specifics.
story by Elizabeth Ouzts | Republican legislators who campaigned on clean energy cruised to victory in primary elections, despite some pushback from their base.
story by Kari Lydersen | A sweeping clean energy law passed in 2016 is leading to a solar gold rush in Illinois.
Thanks for reading, and have a great 2019!