Nathaniel joined the Council in 2007. He researches and advocates for policies to expand solar, wind, transmission and energy efficiency, and coordinates the Council’s coalition of allies on energy and climate issues. Nathaniel currently serves on the Midwest Power Sector Collaborative, a stakeholder group including utilities, NGOs and regulators that works to implement the Clean Power Plan, and has been appointed to a stakeholder working group to help develop a new Iowa Energy Plan. He also serves on two oversight committees developing energy efficiency technical resources for Iowa.
Prior to the Council, Nathaniel worked on low-income housing and tenant advocacy in the Twin Cities, and managed a large vegetable truck farm in southern Minnesota. Nathaniel has a B.A. from Earlham College and a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law.
Iowa Environmental Council supports Alliant wind proposal with testimony and encourages more wind and solar in Iowa.
Last week, the Iowa Utilities Board issued an order approving a proposal by MidAmerican Energy to repower up to 1,000 megawatts of wind turbines in Iowa built approximately 10 years ago. Repowered wind turbines generate more clean energy for Iowa and will do so far a longer period of time, compared to turbines that are not repowered.
The Department of Energy released information about this milestone earlier in June. The DOE expects renewables to meet or exceed 10% of U.S. electricity in April as well and we should see data on this released in July.
On May 4th, the Iowa Utilities Board approved the revised net metering pilot programs from MidAmerican and Alliant Energy. The approval concludes a long process to improve the pilot program proposals and kicks off the beginning of pilot programs intended to expand distributed renewable energy and collect data needed to inform any future policy changes.
The Iowa Utilities Board has adopted new interconnection rules, which are now being followed by rate-regulated utilities Alliant Energy and MidAmerican Energy. The Iowa Environmental Council partnered with the Interstate Renewable Energy Council (IREC) and Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) to provide comments throughout the rulemaking process.
The American Wind Energy Association has released a major study analyzing the economic impacts of wind energy growth between 2017 and 2020. Iowa is expected to be among the top 3 states by 2020 in every economic indicator examined.
The Iowa Environmental Council and a coalition of state and national groups have filed a petition with the Iowa Utilities Board to reconsider any approval of an Alliant Energy pilot program for net metering.
We have looked at four counties in some detail where wind turbines have been installed for some time, including Buena Vista, Pottawattamie, Carroll, and Franklin. The results so far show that wind energy already provides a major contribution to these counties and supports infrastructure and services that county residents use every day.
Iowa's leadership on clean energy sparked another top ranking in a recent national report. The Corporate Clean Energy Procurement Index has ranked Iowa #1 overall among states for facilitating business purchases or ownership and production of renewable energy. Iowa's top score beat neighboring Illinois as well as New Jersey, California, and Texas in the top five.
Iowa Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds along with other state leaders issued the Iowa Energy Plan on December 21, 2016. Nathaniel Baer, IEC Energy Program Director, served on a working group developing the part of the plan focused on Iowa energy resources.
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