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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.

Past blog posts may be viewed at https://iaenvironment.wordpress.com/

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2018 Legislative Session Delivers Wins and Losses

    posted by Kerri Johannsen on Monday, June 18, 2018 The 2018 Legislative Session was a year of highs and lows, with hard-fought battles over protection of Iowa's water and land and clean energy leadership. The Council did not win every round, but with our supporters we changed the direction of the conversation on many issues.

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  • Value of Iowa's Water, Land and Clean Energy Economy Challenged in 2017 Legislative Session

    posted by Kerri Johannsen on Friday, April 28, 2017 The session is over and the consequences are real, but the Council's policy, advocacy and regulatory work outside of Session will only improve our position going into 2018.

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  • New Rules Improve Connecting Renewable Energy

    posted by Nathaniel Baer on Friday, March 31, 2017 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.

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