Michael Schmidt

STAFF ATTORNEY

Phone: 515-244-1194 x 211

Email: schmidt@iaenvironment.org

Michael Schmidt returned to Iowa and joined the Council in 2019. He most recently worked as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where he focused on clean water and mining issues through enforcement, permitting, and rulemaking actions. He previously worked in the water program for the Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, a state-based nonprofit, where he engaged in legal and policy advocacy, including passage of the state’s Clean Water Accountability Act. He has a law degree from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in political science from the University of Iowa.

Blog posts by this Author:

  • When is it worth building in a refuge?

    In late May, the Iowa Utilities Board issued its final ruling approving construction of the Cardinal Hickory Creek electric transmission line in Iowa, which will cross the Upper Mississippi Wildlife and Fish Refuge. Learn why this particular project will minimize disruption to the land and animals that live there, and why IEC chose to support it.

  • Why Cardinal Hickory Creek Will Make Energy More Affordable

    The Iowa Utilities Board issued their final ruling approving construction of the Cardinal Hickory Creek transmission line in Iowa, which will facilitate growth of renewable energy. Michael Schmidt with IEC takes a deeper dive into how this new transmission line enables development and keeps energy costs low.

  • A Look Inside the Alliant Rate Case Hearing

    The Iowa Utilities Board just wrapped up a three-day hearing on the proposed changes to electric rates for Alliant Energy's Iowa affiliate, Interstate Power & Light. Alliant filed a request in March to increase its rates by $203.6 million per year. Because the regulatory process can be difficult to track, we're providing a look into what happened.

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