Blog For Tag "wind power"

  • Filtering Out the Noise and Focusing on the End Game

    posted by Steve Guyer on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 MidAmerican, Alliant and Black Hills Energy are warning that this winter our natural gas heating bills could be as much as 49% higher than last year. While analysists debate the reasoning, we explore what should really be the focus: resources we have at hand to keep electricity rates low.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Farmland Ownership and Wind Energy

    posted by on Friday, February 15, 2019 With a few searches online, it is easy to get a taste of the contentious issue of wind turbines. But in recent years, wind energy has become the lowest cost source of new electricity – even without tax incentives. And the additional income source from wind easements can be significant for landowners. Where is the divide?

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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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  • Iowa Wind Projects Get Longer Life and Produce More Energy with Repowering

    posted by Nathaniel Baer on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 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.

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  • Support Iowa's Environment to Keep Young Professionals

    posted on Thursday, May 11, 2017 Jordan Sabine, our 2017 legislative intern, writes what investment and support of Iowa's environment means to young professionals deciding where to build their lives.

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