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Iowa receives grants for renewable energy infrastructure

By Skylar Tallal
Thursday the United States Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack, announces $464 million in investments of renewable energy infrastructure. The USDA is helping with lower energy costs in 48 states including Puerto Rico. However, there are…

Axne: Iowa’s work on carbon, renewable energy points to next farm bill

By Perry Beeman Photo: Perry Beeman/Iowa Capital Dispatch
Iowa will be at the center of efforts to use plantings to sweep carbon from the air and to build on renewable energy as the next farm bill approaches in 2023, U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne…

Environmental Activists Urge Iowa Energy Company To Retire Coal Energy

By Kassidy Arena Photo: Kassidy Arena
Protesters gathered outside the MidAmerican Energy headquarters in downtown Des Moines today to demand Iowa’s largest energy company retire all of its coal plants in nine years. They were part of two groups: Iowa Citizens…

Governor Reynolds declares August 18th as ‘Solar Day in Iowa’

By Morgan Ward
Governor Kim Reynolds declared today, August 18th, as “Solar Day in Iowa.” To celebrate, solar industry leaders and supporters gathered today for “Solar Day at the Iowa State Fair” for a live reading of the…

Monarch Fueling Station at Lincolnway Energy, 16 other biofuel locations provide habitat for butterflies

By Ronna Faaborg Photo: Nirmalendu Mazumdar
The monarch butterfly population has been in decline in recent decades, but Nevada’s Lincolnway Energy is one of the organizations across the state of Iowa that are increasing the pollinators’ habitat.

Iowa Biofuels Tour Makes New Stop At Verbio Rng Plant

By Cassidy Walter
Today nearly 30 Congressional staffers visited the Verbio renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Nevada as part of the 12th Annual Iowa Biofuels: Science and Sustainability Tour – marking the first time RNG has been…

What does the alarming new climate report mean for Iowa?

By Jerry Schnoor Photo: Scott Olson/Getty Images
The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released its sixth state-of-the-science report this week, and it should be alarming for Iowa, the nation, and the world.

Alliant Energy’s renewable energy use in Iowa jumps in 2020

By John Steppe Photo: Jim Slosiarek
More than 40 percent of Alliant Energy’s power sold in Iowa during 2020 came from renewable sources, according to a report released Tuesday, as the company continues toward its goal of net-zero carbon emissions by…

30 Year Climate Data Finds Few Changes in Cedar Rapids

By Ryan Brain
We hear a lot about the affects of global warming and climate change. Some of the warmest years on record have been in the last 10 years or so. But new climate data released from…

Iowa’s rural future is brighter with solar energy

By Cody Smith Photo: Jim Slosiarek
For decades Iowans have led the nation in innovating our way to a cleaner, more reliable power grid that promotes public health and economic prosperity in our rural communities. Now, as we celebrate hitting the…