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Iowa Environmental Voice

As of Nov. 17, 2015, the Iowa Environmental Council's blog, now the Iowa Environmental Voice, is hosted here on the Iowa Environmental Council's website.

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  • Collective Action Has Power

    posted by Raihan Amir Rashidi on Friday, May 29, 2020 Like a number of other organizations, we at 100% Iowa, a program of the Iowa Environmental Council, have been transitioning our clean energy work to the digital space. In April, we organized the online Renewable Readers: A Virtual Book Club Event, and the lessons learned remain important any day of the year.

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  • Behind the Eight Ball

    posted by Steve Guyer on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 The challenging circumstances posed by Covid-19 are certainly not easy to resolve, but it can be done. The same holds true for climate change.

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  • A Look Inside the Alliant Rate Case Hearing

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, October 11, 2019 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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  • Alliant's 2019 Rate Case: Time to Kick Expensive Coal

    posted by Nathaniel Baer on Thursday, August 8, 2019 The Iowa Environmental Council and Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) filed testimony from five expert witnesses last week identifying a wide range of significant concerns with Alliant's proposal. One of our biggest findings: coal no longer makes economic sense in Iowa.

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  • Wind XI will be Largest Wind Project in US

    posted by Nathaniel Baer on Monday, August 29, 2016 The Council applauds the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) for approving Wind XI, a 2,000 MW wind energy proposal announced by MidAmerican Energy this April. According to the utility, once completed, Wind XI will be the largest wind energy project in the US, powering approximately 800,000 homes.

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  • Council Applauds Alliant Energy Wind Announcement

    posted by Nathaniel Baer on Wednesday, July 27, 2016 The Council applauds today's wind energy announcement by Alliant Energy, which builds on Iowa's strong wind energy momentum and positions the state to reach several key clean energy milestones.

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  • Voices of Support for the Clean Power Plan in Court

    posted on Friday, April 8, 2016 A diverse group of allies voiced support for the Clean Power Plan last week, as the legal battle surrounding the environmental regulation continues to play out in court.

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  • Clean Power Plan - Next Steps

    posted on Friday, February 19, 2016 The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to stay the Clean Power Plan has left many states questioning whether to continue compliance planning efforts until a final judgment has been made. So far, Iowa is moving forward with a stakeholder meeting on the Clean Power Plan. DNR will convene a meeting next Monday, February 22, in Council Bluffs and gather input from stakeholders on next steps.

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  • U.S. Supreme Court Clean Power Plan Decision Disappoints

    posted on Wednesday, February 10, 2016 On Tuesday, February 9, 2016, in an unprecedented move, the U.S. Supreme Court voted 5-to-4 to issue a stay on the Clean Power Plan until litigation surrounding the standard concludes. We are disappointed with the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Clean Power Plan, a reasonable standard that benefits Iowa's economy, protects our communities, safeguards our working lands and strengthens our energy independence.

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  • Iowa Moves up in Wind Rankings

    posted on Friday, January 29, 2016 Iowa has surpassed California – a state nearly three times its size – to claim second nationally in the amount of wind energy installed. Iowa had previously ranked third in wind capacity installed, behind California and Texas, and currently produces more energy with wind – 28.5% as of the end of 2014 - than any other state.

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