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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 Governor’s proclamation by Lt. Governor Adam Gregg.


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 featured on the tour. “We are proud to showcase the latest innovation rural Iowa has to offer to these staffers and the Verbio RNG plant is the definition of new innovation,” said Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw. “These staffers work with members of Congress to shape the future ag and energy policy of the nation.


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 2050. The 43.8 percent of Iowa power from utilities in 2020 was up from 26.5 percent in 2019 and 9.9 percent in 2018.


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 the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration shows that Cedar Rapids and much of the Midwest, has remained unchanged the past 30 years.


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 milestone of producing nearly 60 percent of our electricity with renewable wind energy, Iowa’s solar industry is also booming and bringing our rural economies along with it.


The Puzzling Battle Over Ethanol in Iowa

By Chris Clayton

I’m not the most versed guy on the subject, but it’s surprising this year to watch from a distance as Iowa lawmakers seem incapable of providing a long-term demand boost for the state’s biofuels industry and agricultural economy. A bill in the Iowa Legislature has stalled that would require retailers to offer at least 15% ethanol blends at the pumps and 11% biodiesel blends.


Local activists push MPW for all renewable energy

By Charles Potter

Even as the planning continues at Muscatine Power and Water to switch from coal fired plants to more environmentally friendly methods of energy production, two community activists continue to push for completely renewable energy. Sandra Stanley and Freedom Malik-Roberts, members of Clean Air Muscatine (CLAM), read prepared statements during Tuesday evening’s meeting of the Board of Water, Electric, and Communications Trustees.


US contractor books 200MW wind build in Iowa

Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives (IEA) has been awarded a $50m (€41m) contract to construct Invenergy’s 200MW Plymouth Wind Energy Center in northwest Iowa. The US contractor will carry out all of the engineering, procurement and construction needs of the project, including the erection of 73 GE turbines.