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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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  • IUB Approval of Net Metering Tariffs Provides Certainty

    posted by Steve Guyer on Wednesday, December 30, 2020 The Solar Net Metering law was signed in March and took effect in July. This month, the IUB ruled on tariffs for MidAmerican and Alliant, setting the inflow and outflow billing rates. The tariff ruling also allows for EV charging as part of net metering in certain instances. Learn more about the tariff rulings and how this creates certainty for the future of solar in Iowa.

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  • Excitement Building for Bright Ideas Keynote, Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson

    posted by Kristen Weaverling on Monday, September 28, 2020 IEC will welcome well-known climate activist Dr. Ayana Elizabeth Johnson at the Bright Ideas event on 10/7. Her recent work has garnered national attention and staff is getting excited to hear her speak at our event.

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  • Renewable Energy and the Next Generation

    posted by Raihan Amir Rashidi on Tuesday, August 25, 2020 100% Iowa hosted a Renewable Readers book reading for kids this summer, reading the book "Energy Island." The young readers discussed the book, ways to bring those ideas into their homes, and their thoughts on the importance of our clean energy future.

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  • When is it worth building in a refuge?

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, July 10, 2020 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.

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  • Why Cardinal Hickory Creek Will Make Energy More Affordable

    posted by Michael Schmidt on Friday, June 5, 2020 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.

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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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  • It's a Wonderful Life - IEC Style

    posted by Jennifer Terry on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 A friend asked the other day “Have you ever thought about what it would happen if IEC went away? What wouldn't be protected if there were no IEC?” On Giving Tuesday Now, Executive Director Jennifer Terry reflects on this idea.

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  • New Iowa Law Keeps Solar Growing

    posted by Kerri Johannsen on Thursday, April 2, 2020 On March 12, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed SF 583 – a bill IEC and our partners had dubbed the “Sunshine Tax” that failed a year earlier. In the course of that year, Senate File 583 evolved into something that is rarely achieved: legislation with unanimous support from both political parties in both houses of the legislature.

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