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In California and Iowa, Advanced Energy Means Lots of Jobs

December 19, 2014 by Bob Keough

Advanced Energy Jobs

The advanced energy industry in California is, not surprisingly, California-sized – over 431,000 workers in more than 40,000 businesses. Rural Iowa has 22,600 advanced energy employees in 1,400 businesses, more workers than in crop production, trucking, or animal production.[read more]

The Benefits of Wind Energy in Iowa: A Valuable, Reliable Crop for This Agricultural State

October 25, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Wind Energy in Iowa

Iowa wind continues to blow away critics of the potential for clean energy to lead to economic growth. Governor Branstad announced that MidAmerican Energy plans to add 67 wind turbines in Adams and O’Brien counties by the end of 2015, equaling 162 megawatts of new wind generation capacity.[read more]


Wind Energy in Iowa: Once Upon a Prairie

September 24, 2014 by Susan Beckman

Renewables and Wind in Iowa

Wind energy in Iowa means jobs, but not just in manufacturing. According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, Iowa employs 6,000 to 7,000 in all-wind related employment. This ranks Iowa third in the nation in employment related to the wind energy industry.[read more]

Explaining Iowa's Credit for Early Action under the Clean Power Plan

September 8, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Iowa and the Clean Power Plan

Iowa’s target under the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan would reduce carbon pollution by 16% by 2030. Iowa would reduce emissions from existing power plants from 1,552 to 1,301 lbs/MWh (the amount of carbon emitted per each unit of power produced).[read more]

Iowa Ruling Shows the Way to Third-Party Solar Without Legislation

September 2, 2014 by Tom Plant

Photo: Les Stockton

A ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court in July showed how third party solar might get the go-ahead even without legislation. In 2011, the city of Dubuque contacted Eagle Point Solar to install a PV system on a city building. Since public entities can’t benefit from tax credits, third-party ownership translates into lower costs.[read more]


Turning Wind Energy into a Waltz

July 29, 2014 by Sheila Oliva

Wind Energy Music

It might seem inevitable now that Fort Madison, Iowa, would become a production site for a substantial supply of wind turbine blades. Wind, after all, has always been in the air in that state for as long as Americans can remember.[read more]

Small modular reactors in Iowa?

February 28, 2012 by Steve Skutnik

The land of Iowa - home of hogs, corn, windmills, and... SMRs (i.e., small modular reactors). Or at the least, that last part may be true pending a proposal before the Iowa Legislature (HF 561) is passed, allowing for among other things, recovery of costs while construction is in progress on nuclear projects (known as "CWIP" or "...[read more]

Iowa E85 Sales Up 43% In 2010

March 11, 2011 by Mike Gregory

The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) today announced that E85 sales in Iowa reached an all-time high in 2010. According to the Iowa Department of Revenue, sales of E85 by Iowa retailers reached 9,311,908 gallons last year representing a 43% increase over 2009 sales. “E85 has been a great success for Iowa consumers and retailers...[read more]

Three more states weigh in for nuclear energy

February 28, 2011 by Dan Yurman

Legislative action taking place in Missouri, Indiana, and Iowa The promise of carbon emission free electricity may be realized in three states that previously had few prospects for pursuing it. On Feb 23 a Missouri House committee endorsed legislation that would allow utilities to charge customers for a portion of the costs of building...[read more]

States grapple with nuclear energy

February 28, 2010 by Dan Yurman

Experience varies widely What’s a state legislature to do? The President earlier this month went to Maryland, which already had two nuclear reactors and is planning a third, to announce he’s granting an $8.3 billion loan guarantee to two more new nuclear reactors in Georgia. That’s two states down, 48 to go. Don’t hold your breath...[read more]

Our Tax Dollars at Work

January 27, 2010 by Robert Rapier

First off, a couple of announcements. After being able to stay at home for the past two months, I have a very heavy travel schedule over the next two weeks. My participation here will probably be limited. I am off to Seattle tomorrow, on to the Netherlands from there, will visit Switzerland and Germany, back to the U.S. mainland, on to...[read more]

Stunning Timelapse Video of Coal-Fired Power Plan

January 17, 2010 by Tim Hurst

The following video is a compilation of timelapse images of the Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center, a coal-fired power plant near Council Bluffs, Iowa.  Shot by photographer Jeff Grewe with Canon 5D Mark I and Mark II cameras, the video is made from several series of still images. Accompanied by music from “The Shining”, the images...[read more]

Elevance mulls Iowa biorefinery

November 19, 2009 by Doris de Guzman

Thanks to the Green Underworld Reporter for sending this information about Elevance Renewable Sciences in a proposed joint venture with biodiesel producer Renewable Energy Group (REG) to build a 2.6m gallon/year demo-scale integrated biorefinery in Newton, Iowa. In an application filed by Elevance late last month to the Iowa Dept. of...[read more]

Hansen stands by coal train/death train analogy

November 26, 2007 by Joseph Romm

In his final testimony submitted to the Iowa Utilities Board on the proposed coal-fired power plant in Iowa, NASA’s James Hansen used a very provocative metaphor about the trains that deliver coal: If we cannot stop the building of more coal-fired power plants, those coal trains will be death trains — no less gruesome than if they were...[read more]