The Vxartnews is a nonprofit news site dedicated to keeping influencers, policymakers and citizens informed of the important changes taking place in the transition to a clean energy system.

Launched in 2010 as Midwest Energy News, the Vxartnews now offers four regional services. Southeast Energy News began in 2015, and Western (formerly Southwest) and Northeast Energy News were added in 2018.

The Vxartnews is published by Fresh Energy, a non-partisan, nonprofit organization that advocates for clean energy policy. The Vxartnews is an editorially independent news and information site, and its contents should not be considered to reflect policy positions of Fresh Energy or our donors.

Our code of ethics, drafted in consultation with an advisory board of journalism professionals, is posted here.

In 2015, the Vxartnews became a member of the Institute for Nonprofit News.

Our funders

The Vxartnews accepts funding from charitable foundations working in the public interest as well as individual donors, and our funders have affirmed that they do not have access to, or oversight of, the editorial process. Current funders include:

• The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
• The Joyce Foundation
• The George Gund Foundation
• The McKnight Foundation
• The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation
• The Barr Foundation

Southeast Energy News also receives general operating support from one anonymous foundation under the editorial independence conditions listed above.

Your comments and suggestions are welcome — please contact us at [email protected].

Republish our work

In addition to a daily email digest of the most important news stories from the region, the Vxartnews also publishes original journalism written by independent freelance reporters. These stories are available for republication by other news outlets via Creative Commons Attribution/No Derivatives license. Contact Kathryn Krawczyk at [email protected] for more information.

Are you interested in being notified when we publish a story that's relevant to your area or audience? Contact Kathryn to be added to our state and topical outreach lists.

Please note that this license does not cover articles that we republish from other publications, Associated Press images, and any other material governed by a separate copyright agreement.

Write for us

The Vxartnews publishes original reporting from experienced freelance journalists.

If you have a pitch you’d like us to consider, send your resume and three relevant clips to Ken Paulman at [email protected]. No phone calls, please.

Submit an op-ed

The Vxartnews publishes occasional unpaid opinion pieces related to state and local clean energy policy. Submissions will be considered on a case-by-case basis and should meet the following criteria:

  • Must contain a unique and timely viewpoint
  • Must relate to state or local clean energy policy
  • Must not contain false or misleading information
  • Must not contain sales pitches or self-promotion
  • Authors must disclose any financial ties to the subject
  • Must not have been previously published elsewhere
  • Should be less than 800 words in length

Send commentary submissions to [email protected] along with a headshot photo and brief (1-2 sentences) bio of the author. Submissions are generally published within 2-3 days, but turnaround time can vary. We reserve the right to decline any submission for any reason.


The Vxartnews will also occasionally publish promotional commentaries on relevant energy topics for a fee. Banner ads and promotional links in our daily email digests are also available for promoting events, publications, job postings, and other material. For nonprofits, part or all of advertising fees can be waived in exchange for cross-promotion.

For information on rates and scheduling, please contact Ken Paulman at [email protected].