Iowa

IOWA

Iowa, known for its sprawling plains and cornfields, is home to 3 million people and an even higher population of hogs. With nearly 56 thousand square miles, Iowa ranks 42nd in population density of the United States. Like many other states, the name Iowa is derived from the language of the native people who first inhabited the land, in this case the Dakota Sioux.

Iowa is already seeing significant effects from climate change which are expected to worsen in the coming years. In particular, hotter, warmer weather leaves Iowa vulnerable to destructive flooding as the state is bordered by the Missouri river to the west and the Mississippi river to the east. The Iowa Policy Project found that precipitation in the state has been increasing steadily since the 1970s at a rate of about 1.25 inches per decade, which is the largest increase across the US. The resulting flooding is dangerous for residents and damaging to Iowa’s economy. Damage to the transportation infrastructure and water management systems alone could exceed $480 million per year (according to 2015 dollar values) by the end of this century.

Iowa’s farmers are also on the front lives of the climate battle. As drought and flooding threaten their crops and extreme heat threatens their health, Iowa farmers across the political spectrum have begun to demand climate solutions. In fact, many have begun developing solutions themselves. A movement is growing among farmers to transition from traditional farming, which strips soil of carbon, to regenerative farming, which focuses on sequestering carbon within soil. The benefits from these practices are multi-faceted, as they reduce net emissions and build resiliency in the agricultural sector amidst threats to the food supply from climate change.

Iowa is making strides in its renewable resource development. The state generated 42% of its energy from wind turbines, the largest share of any state in the country. However, even as Iowa is not generating a significant share of its energy from coal or natural gas, these fossil fuels do represent a significant share of Iowa’s energy consumption. Iowa ranked 5th in 2018 for the most coal use for electricity generation. Natural gas accounts for almost one-fifth of the energy consumed in the state.

While Iowa state lacks a comprehensive climate action plan, in August 2021, the Iowa Environmental Council,  announced its vision for Iowa to reach 100% clean power generation by 2035. In the meantime, Iowa City has developed  goals to include the reduction of emissions to 80% of 2005 levels by 2050 and Des Moines has ambitions to go carbon-free by 2035.

Iowa and a Changing Climate

CREDIT: IOWA PBS

CURRENT NEWS

Pipeline opponents sue to block Summit Carbon water permit

By Jared Strong 10/25/23
A carbon dioxide pipeline company’s request to withdraw more than 50 million gallons of water each year from the ground near an ethanol plant does not serve a “beneficial use” and should be denied, according…
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Other states are rejecting carbon capture pipelines. Will Iowa follow their lead?

By Donnelle Eller 10/12/23
Seventy-five acres on Charles City’s south side represents the community’s economic hope — a site the town of 7,400 residents has poured $2.2 million into, readying it in anticipation of landing a large business that…
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Summit, Navigator losses elsewhere give Iowa pipeline opponents hope

10/12/23
Carbon capture pipeline companies have suffered setbacks with permit rejections in South and North Dakota Do the turndowns bode well for Iowa opponents? Some counties hope to win court battles against the companies. But there's…
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In Iowa, Vivek Ramaswamy finds Republican voters share his disdain of climate change

By Philip Joens 09/05/23
Near the end of almost every stump speech, Vivek Ramaswamy preaches his gospel, "God is Real. There are two genders. Fossil fuels are a requirement of human prosperity.
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Talking to Conservatives About Climate Change: The Congressional Climate Caucus

By David Remnick 08/21/23
Even in a summer of record-breaking heat and disasters, Republican Presidential candidates have ignored or mocked climate change. But some conservative legislators in Congress recognize that action is necessary. Their ideas about how to tackle…
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Researchers building green fertilizer system to reuse wastes, cut greenhouse gas emissions

08/07/23
Research teams from Iowa State University and Wichita State University in Kansas are teaming up to develop a system that captures waste nitrogen and carbon dioxide to produce a green fertilizer that reduces emissions of…
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Waga Energy, Scott County Partner To Produce RNG In Iowa

By Waga Energy 08/02/23
Waga Energy, a global expert in the production of renewable natural gas (RNG) from landfills, signed a commercial agreement with the Waste Commission of Scott County, an inter-governmental solid waste management agency, and Linwood Mining…
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Facing climate crisis, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City prioritize vulnerable residents in transportation network

By Marissa Payne 07/30/23
On an overcast summer day, as downtown workers began to leave their offices, Wifag Mohammed sat on one of the flat rocks outside the Ground Transportation Center. She looked wearily onto Fourth Avenue SE, waiting…
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Iowa approves $1.6 million in grants to renewable energy projects

By Maddie Franz 07/28/23
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) approved 35 renewable energy projects across Iowa in a board meeting July 20, with grants totaling more than $1.6 million.
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Over $1.6 Million in Grants Awarded from the Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program

07/27/23
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program (RFIP) Board approved 35 project applications totaling more than $1.6 million during its quarterly board meeting on July 20. Seven of the projects are for ethanol infrastructure, one is…
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Iowa reaches milestone on wind energy production

By Mark Moran 07/17/23
four percent of Iowa's energy production now comes from wind - a new record for the state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Green-energy advocates call it a big step along the road to…
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Iowa Reaches Milestone on Wind-Energy Production

By Mark Moran 07/17/23
Sixty-four percent of Iowa's energy production now comes from wind - a new record for the state, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Green-energy advocates call it a big step along the road to…
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PLANS TO ACCELERATE RENEWABLES

After initial denial, Iowa Utilities Board preapproves Duane Arnold Solar projects

05/08/23
After its initial denial, the Iowa Utilities Board has preapproved the Duane Arnold Solar projects in Linn County — marking a first for solar projects in Iowa.

Governors of Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri throw collective support behind regional ‘hydrogen hub’ bid

04/13/23
Excitement is mounting among state leaders over the possibility that Nebraska and two neighboring states could be named a regional “hydrogen hub,” a designation that would open a door to more than $1 billion in…

A Push to Turn Farm Waste Into Fuel

04/04/23
Climate change provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act have spurred developers to build ambitious renewable energy projects that turn corn into ethanol and manure into methane....

Gevo Enters Joint Development Agreement with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy to Measure, Report & Verify Carbon Intensity

03/16/23
Gevo, Inc. (NASDAQ: GEVO) announced today that it has entered into a joint development agreement with Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) to measure, report and verify carbon intensity (CI) through the entire value chain, inclusive…

Are CO2 Pipelines Regulated? By Whom?

03/08/23
Currently, there are about 5,000 miles of carbon dioxide pipelines in the United States, used mostly to inject it underground to move oil to the surface through enhanced oil recovery. The 2021 infrastructure law, which…

True Solar Announces Move to Tiffin Iowa to Expand Renewable Energy Market Presence

03/06/23
True Solar, a rapidly growing solar installer, is excited to announce its move to Tiffin, Iowa. Despite being in business for a relatively short time, True Solar has established itself as a leading provider of…

Mississippi River mayors eye federal funds to fight effects of climate change

By Keely Brewer 03/06/23
A coalition of more than 100 Mississippi River mayors are pushing for more investment in natural infrastructure, ecosystem restoration and disaster resilience. The Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) released its policy platform during…

What is environmental justice?

03/03/23
Environmental justice is the principle that all people — no matter their income, race or nationality — should be equally protected from pollution and have a say in decisions that may impact their environment or…

Land conversion due to the Renewable Fuel Standard may harm endangered species, study says

03/03/23
The Renewable Fuel Standard requires a certain amount of renewable fuels, including ethanol, to be blended into the nation’s transportation fuel supply.

Pipelines pressure GOP legislators fraught with internal contradictions

03/03/23
Rural pressure against pipelines pumping liquefied CO2 by lever of eminent domain threatens to rupture Republicans controlling the Statehouse.

Iowa to study if crops and solar panels can coexist

02/27/23
Iowa State University researchers are launching a new agrivoltaics study — or ag production that's under or between solar panels.

Biden-Harris Administration Announces $31.4M for Clean Water Infrastructure Upgrades Through Bipartisan Infrastructure Law in Iowa

02/24/23
Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $31,402,000 to Iowa from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure through this year’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).

Iowa’s new drought plan has four levels: Normal, watch, warning and emergency

02/24/23
Iowa has a new drought plan — the first since the 1980s, when droughts were less frequent and less intense than what Iowa has seen in recent years because of climate change.

Daily on Energy: Iowa ethanol lobby fights for CO2 pipelines as means of survival in age of electric vehicles

02/21/23
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, which represents ethanol and biodiesel in the nation’s top corn-growing state, is lobbying against a Republican proposal that would introduce restrictions on the use of eminent domain for CO2 pipeline…

Climate group discusses city environmental initiatives

02/21/23
The Ames Climate Action Team discussed the Climate Action Plan’s budget, community outreach and waste mitigation during their meeting Monday evening.

Biden-Harris Administration Delivers $728 Million in Historic Investments to Address Western Drought, Improve Climate Resilience

02/13/23
Critical infrastructure investments under President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and Inflation Reduction Act to provide clean, reliable drinking water to communities and support water conservation in the Upper Colorado River Basin

New training grant to focus on the impacts of climate change on lung health

02/10/23
A new NIH-funded grant will offer University of Iowa trainees the opportunity to conduct research in the intersection of climate change and lung health. David Stoltz, MD, PhD, professor and director of the Division of…

Shaw: Iowa biofuels industry ‘energized, but a little angry’

02/07/23
During his state of the industry address at the 2023 Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit today, Iowa Renewable Fuels Association Executive Director Monte Shaw said that the Iowa biofuels industry is “energized, but a little bit…

Iowa scientists say more trees will be needed as climate change accelerates

10/07/22
With climate change causing more extreme weather across the state — intense rainstorms, floods, droughts and powerful derechos — Iowans have never needed trees more, experts say.

U.S. Taps $420M to Boost Water Supplies Hit by Climate Change

04/01/22
Federal officials slated millions of dollars for rural water projects in several states, with the Biden administration looking to shore up infrastructure needs made more urgent by long-term drought conditions that have been exacerbated by…

Apple begins preparation work in Iowa, plans to connect Danish data center to district heating scheme

03/24/22
Apple is finally close to beginning construction work on its long-delay Iowa data center and has begun infrastructure improvements on the site, and is planning to expand and connect its Viborg data center in Denmark…

Grassley And Ernst Call On Biden To Unleash Iowa Biofuel

03/10/22
The senators’ new bill — the Home Front Energy Independence Act — puts the ban on Russian oil into law. At the same time, it couples that ban with opening up biofuel production that’s grown…

Iowa City City Council shifts from two-year to five-year strategic plan

03/08/22
The Iowa City City Council’s next strategic plan, which councilors say will prioritize overarching climate action, affordable housing, transit, and social justice and equity, will determine the city’s trajectory for the next five years.

Biofuels Producers And Supporters Urge Iowa Senate To Approve Biofuels Access Bill

03/04/22
More than 200 biofuel producers and supporters traveled to Des Moines earlier this week to encourage state lawmakers to expand support for locally grown and renewable energy sources. They urged Iowa senators to approve the…

Chevron plans to buy Ames-based biodiesel company Renewable Energy Group for $3.15 billion

02/28/22
Ames Chamber of Commerce CEO Dan Culhane said his heart nearly stopped when he first caught wind that oil giant Chevron Corp. wanted to buy Renewable Energy Group, a home-grown Ames company that's become a…

A proposed southwest Iowa wind farm faces opposition from local residents

02/15/22
The company would like to build a 400 megawatt capacity wind farm with the capacity to serve about 144,000 Iowa homes. The project would consist of constructing anywhere from 90 to 140 wind turbines in…

Iowa-Based Power Company Proposes New Renewable Energy Project

01/10/22
An Iowa energy company has proposed a renewable energy project that they say will allow them to take an important step. The company says that when combined with other projects, enough renewable energy would be…

Iowa Environmental Council sets goal to reach 100 percent clean power in Iowa by 2035

08/27/21
The Iowa Environmental Council today announced its vision for Iowa to reach 100 percent clean power generation by 2035. “Achieving 100 percent clean power in Iowa by 2035 is absolutely doable and the critical first…

Des Moines seeks consultant to create climate plan after setting ambitious goals to curb greenhouse emissions

06/03/21
Coinciding with Earth Day, Des Moines officials announced Thursday that they are beginning the process to establish a climate plan that will help fulfill the city's recent commitments to drastically reduce its greenhouse gas emissions.

Preparing for Climate Change in Iowa

08/30/20
This page provides an overview of the steps Iowa is taking to prepare for the impacts of climate change.

IOWA ENERGY PLAN

04/15/20
The constantly changing energy sector is, and will continue to be, a defining challenge for policymakers. State governments must constantly evaluate and consider energy- related opportunities and threats to be able to ensure increased economic…

Iowa Energy Plan

04/10/20
Iowa recognizes and has identified energy as a key resource and area of strategic importance to the state’s economy and economic development efforts. Iowa is already a national leader in wind energy and biodiesel and…

KEY RESOURCES

Iowa State Profile and Energy Estimates

09/23/21
Located between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Iowa's gently rolling plains have some of the richest farmland in the nation and significant renewable energy resources. The state's climate, with rainfall in the growing season and…

Energy State Bill Tracking Database

09/10/21
The searchable Energy Storage Legislation Database displays information in interactive maps and charts, tracking state activity from 2017 to the present.

Clean Edge

06/15/21
Clean Edge, Inc. is a developer and publisher of thematic stock indexes tracking clean energy, transportation, water, and the grid...

The First National Flood Risk Assessment

10/06/20
The First Street Foundation Flood Model represents the culmination of decades of research and development made possible by building upon existing knowledge and frameworks regularly referenced in the identification of flood risk.

The State of Climate Adaptation in Public Health An Assessment of 16 U.S. States

10/06/20
EcoAdaptpartnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council to assess the state of climate adaptation planning and implementation for climate-related threats to public health in 16 U.S. states.

The Impacts of Climate Change and the Trump Administration’s Anti-Environmental Agenda in Iowa

09/19/20
Between 2017 and 2019, Iowa experienced two flooding events and nine severe storms. The damages of each event led to losses of at least $1 billion.

Climate Change

08/14/20
Where Can I Find More Information on Climate Change?

State-by-State: Climate Change in Iowa

07/31/20
Agriculture is the biggest contributor to Iowa’s economy, and, according to a Risky Business report, the whole Midwest region will likely face crop yield declines of up to 19% by mid-century and 63% by the…

Iowa Renewable Energy Association

04/10/20
Founded in 1992, The Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew) is a membership-based, educational non-profit organization.

Renewable Fuels News

04/03/20
BIODIESEL. BETTER FOR IOWA. BETTER FOR FARMERS. BETTER FOR YOUR ENGINE. Learn more about biodiesel, a cleaner-burning homegrown biofuel that boosts engine performance, while adding value to Iowa's crops

Clean Energy

04/03/20
Due to abundant wind and solar resources, a strong history of business and state support, and the work of the Iowa Environmental Council and our partners, Iowa has become as a national clean energy leader…

Iowa State Profile and Energy Estimates

04/03/20
Located between the Mississippi and Missouri rivers, Iowa's gently rolling plains have some of the richest farmland in the nation and significant renewable energy resources. The state's climate, with rainfall in the growing season and…

Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program

04/03/20
The Iowa Renewable Fuels Infrastructure Program helps retail operators of motor fuel dispensing sites or fueling stations to convert their equipment to allow the expanded use of renewable fuels in Iowa. The program utilizes grant…

MORE NEWS

An Iowa meteorologist started talking about climate change on newscasts. Then came the harassment

By Hannah Fingerhut and Others   07/08/23  
The harassment started to intensify as TV meteorologist Chris Gloninger did more reporting on climate change during local newscasts — outraged emails and even a threat to show up at his house.
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Meteorologist on receiving death threats over his climate crisis reports

07/08/23  
Some scientists believe that July 4th may have been one of the hottest days on Earth in 125,000 years, and we keep breaking these records. The earth’s average temperature set a new unofficial record on…
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Wildfire smoke brings climate change home: A new abnormal for eastern Iowa

By Associated Press   07/02/23  
It was a smell that invoked a memory. Both for Emily Kuchlbauer in North Carolina and Ryan Bomba in Chicago. It was smoke from wildfires, the odor of an increasingly hot and occasionally on-fire world.
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Iowa meteorologist Chris Gloninger quits 18-year career after death threat over climate coverage

By Li Cohen   06/22/23  
Chris Gloninger has spent nearly two decades reporting on the weather and the climate crisis. But on Wednesday, he resigned, citing numerous harassing emails and even a death threat over his reporting. Gloninger, the chief…
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Grassley invites former Iowa governor to hearing on national cost of climate change

By Matt Kelly   05/10/23  
Former Iowa Governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Terry Branstad offered his perspective on climate change. “I particularly wanted Governor Branstad,” Grassley says, “because being ambassador to China, he can tell the Congress how far…
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and Des Moines to seek $1 million climate planning grants

By Erin Jordan   04/28/23  
Three of Iowa’s largest metro areas — Des Moines, Cedar Rapids and Iowa City — will seek $1 million each in federal climate change planning money available because the state declined the funds.
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Recently parched Mississippi River faces major floods as record snows melt

By Scott Dance   04/27/23  
Major flood stages, the second highest on record in some spots, stretch from Minnesota and Wisconsin to Iowa and Illinois
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Mississippi River flooding prompts evacuations, sandbagging

By Scott Mcfetridge and Todd Richmond   04/27/23  
Some residents along the swelling Upper Mississippi River evacuated their homes this week while others scrambled Wednesday to stack sandbags in preparation for what forecasters say could be near-record flooding caused by the rapid melting…
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Op-ed: We Need a New Farm Bill—for My Iowa Farm and Beyond

By Wendy Johnson   04/05/23  
grew up on a farm in Iowa during the Farm Crisis of the 1980s. Back then, life here was not flourishing, but dying. I pursued a career in fashion and moved to Los Angeles, where…
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Iowa rejects more federal money, this time for pollution reduction

By Jason Clayworth   04/05/23  
Iowa is one of four state governments that missed a deadline last week to participate in the federal Climate Pollution Reduction Grants (CPRG) program.
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Here’s where renewable power is increasing (and where it’s not)

By Robert Zullo   04/02/23  
Despite supply-chain problems amid the lingering effects of the pandemic, 2022 saw major increases in solar and wind power in the United States, though that growth varied by state, according to a report released last…
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These Small- and Medium-Sized States Punch Above Their Weight in Renewable Energy Generation

By Dan Gearino   03/16/23  
While Texas and California lead the country in wind and solar, several others leap ahead once we take into account each state’s land area.
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Climate change makes Iowa hospitable to potentially virulent new resident

By Donnelle Eller   04/04/22  
As climate change pumps more heat into the weather engine, Iowa over the last five years has seen increased frequency of disastrous floods and storms like the March 5 tornadoes that swept across central Iowa,…
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These companies say their carbon pipelines would curb climate change. Farmers object

By Clay Masters   04/04/22  
Three companies want to build carbon capture pipelines through a large swatch of the Midwest they say will help curb climate change. Carbon capturing involves removing the carbon dioxide emissions from an industrial process and…
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Iowa may have fewer big trees because of climate change

By Erin Jordan   03/25/22  
When we lose big trees — the majestic and memorable — it hits us hard because we know it takes decades or even centuries for trees to reach those heights and breadths. Iowa lost some…
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Can Nature Reclaim Iowa?

By Stephen Robert Miller   03/25/22  
Iowa is a surprisingly hilly state with an unsurprising abundance of corn. In high summer, tightly packed stalks rise overhead and roll out in waves of uniformly stippled green. Every so often, a white farmhouse…
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A growing battle over carbon capture and climate change riles Iowa

By John Schuppe   03/19/22  
In September, Bonnie Ewoldt and her husband received certified letters from a company called Summit Carbon Solutions telling them that their 170-acre soybeans-and-corn farm in Crawford County, Iowa, was in the path of a pipeline…
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Manufacturing Plants in Iowa and Nebraska Among Most Energy Efficient of 2021

03/17/22  
Bimbo Bakeries USA in Dubuque, Iowa, and Koch Fertilizer plants in Beatrice, Nebraska, and Ft. Dodge, Iowa, were among the 93 U.S. manufacturing plants that earned the Agency’s ENERGY STAR certification in 2021.
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Farmers received billions in crop insurance payouts due to extreme weather

By Shahla Farzan   03/16/22  
Farmers in the Midwest have received tens of billions of dollars in federal crop insurance payouts since 2001, based on an analysis of federal data. That includes nearly $10 billion to Iowa farmers, $8.5 billion…
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Climate change poses a threat to Iowa’s electric grid. Scientists are calling for infrastructure investments now

By Kate Payne   10/13/21  
Iowa needs targeted investments to strengthen and expand its electrical grid, in order to prepare for an increase in extreme weather events fueled by climate change. That’s the recommendation from the latest Iowa Climate Statement,…
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Iowa receives grants for renewable energy infrastructure

By Skylar Tallal   09/10/21  
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…
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Axne: Iowa’s work on carbon, renewable energy points to next farm bill

By Perry Beeman   09/01/21  
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…
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Environmental Activists Urge Iowa Energy Company To Retire Coal Energy

By Kassidy Arena   08/18/21  
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…
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Governor Reynolds declares August 18th as ‘Solar Day in Iowa’

By Morgan Ward   08/18/21  
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…
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Monarch Fueling Station at Lincolnway Energy, 16 other biofuel locations provide habitat for butterflies

By Ronna Faaborg   08/17/21  
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.
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Iowa Biofuels Tour Makes New Stop At Verbio Rng Plant

By Cassidy Walter   08/17/21  
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…
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What does the alarming new climate report mean for Iowa?

By Jerry Schnoor   08/14/21  
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.
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Alliant Energy’s renewable energy use in Iowa jumps in 2020

By John Steppe   07/20/21  
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…
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30 Year Climate Data Finds Few Changes in Cedar Rapids

By Ryan Brain   05/13/21  
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…
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Iowa’s rural future is brighter with solar energy

By Cody Smith   05/10/21  
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…
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The Puzzling Battle Over Ethanol in Iowa

By Chris Clayton   05/03/21  
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…
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Local activists push MPW for all renewable energy

By Charles Potter   04/29/21  
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…
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US contractor books 200MW wind build in Iowa

04/28/21  
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…
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In Iowa Call, John Kerry Touts Biden’s Climate Action, Encourages Local Leadership

By Isabella Murray   04/22/21  
Former Secretary of State John Kerry on Thursday hopped on an Iowa-organized Earth Day Zoom call with state and national climate leaders to encourage a reassertion of climate authority following years of avoidance. Conferencing in…
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Earth Day 2021: How climate change impacts Iowa, and how you can reduce your carbon footprint

By Brandon Lawrence   04/22/21  
Over the last decade, the terms "climate change" and "global warming" have been a hot button topic in local, state and federal debates and elections. Unfortunately, climate change has been politicized for far too long.…
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Cedar Rapids to focus on equity in climate action plan

By Marissa Payne   04/21/21  
If a city has a heat wave, with several days above 100 degrees, some residents are more vulnerable to that heat than others. Hot temperatures might worsen asthma symptoms. A welder may lack air conditioning…
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Crises collide: Homeless in America when climate disaster strikes

By Andrew McCormick   04/20/21  
For the homeless, natural disasters prove torturous for more than the obvious fact that it's worse to be outside than inside during a storm.
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As Ames explores formalizing a climate action plan, officials from across Iowa share their varied approaches

By Isabella Rosario   04/15/21  
The year 2020 was the Earth's second-warmest on record. Annual average precipitation is expected to rise in Iowa, and so is the number of consecutive dry days each year. As a consequence, flooding is expected to…
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Wapello Solar ribbon cutting marks the completion of Iowa’s largest solar energy facility

By Jim Rudisill   04/10/21  
The ribbon-cutting ceremony for the largest solar energy facility in Iowa, the 127.5 megawatt – direct current Wapello Solar photovoltaic project located on nearly 800 acres of land south of Wapello, was held Friday under a…
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Climate inaction could have a heavy financial toll on Iowa farmers

04/05/21  
Agriculture is the lifeblood of Iowa’s rural economy. In 37 of Iowa’s counties, more than half of total economic output derives from agriculture and related industries.
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Report: Iowa City schools exceeding climate change goals

By Grace King   03/10/21  
The Iowa City Community School District this year could see a 48 percent reduction of greenhouse gas emissions since 2018, putting it years ahead of a goal of a 45 percent reduction by 2030. By…
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Politics and the City: Advocates want more from Green Worcester Plan

By Steven H. Foskett Jr.   01/24/21  
The City Council last week tabled a report on the latest draft of the Green Worcester Plan. But local environmental advocates didn't wait to give some feedback on the plan, which was developed over the past…
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Midwest suffered $11 billion in damage from last summer’s derecho

By Morgan Greene   01/24/21  
The summer derecho that rattled windows and ripped down trees across the Midwest caused an estimated $11 billion in damage, becoming the costliest storm event to occur in less than 24 hours in at least…
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Iowa’s ethanol production falls by 500 million gallon as Americans drive less due to COVID-19

By Donnelle Eller   01/22/21  
Iowa ethanol plants produced 500 million fewer gallons last year compared to 2019 as remote work and learning because of the coronavirus caused a steep drop in Americans' daily travel. The Iowa Renewable Fuels Association…
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Senators ask Biden administration to reverse latest ethanol waivers

01/22/21  
Iowa’s senators expressed their unhappiness with three ethanol waivers granted by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Tuesday, in the waning hours of the Trump administration.
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Rep. Ashley Hinson concerned by Biden’s early policy proposals

By James Lynch   01/22/21  
U.S. Rep. Ashley Hinson has offered to work with President Joe Biden when they can find common ground, but she’s finding little to agree with in his initial flurry of executive actions. So while she…
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Iowa farmers, lawmakers react to President Biden rejoining Paris Climate Agreement

01/21/21  
President Joe Biden took office and issued several executive orders and policy proposals. This included rejoining the Paris Climate Agreement. The Paris Agreement sets out a global framework to avoid dangerous climate change. It also…
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These 3 US cities, all in red states, are green energy leaders

By Michelle Lewis   01/18/21  
Texas, Utah, and Iowa may have cast their 2020 presidential electoral votes for fossil-fuel champion Donald Trump, but Irving, Salt Lake City, and Des Moines are implementing ambitious green energy plans to reach net zero…
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Following Google’s footsteps, Des Moines pledges 24/7 clean electricity by 2035

By Emma Penrod   01/15/21  
The Des Moines City Council on Monday approved a resolution outlining a series of carbon emission goals, including a 24/7 clean energy by 2035 pledge modeled after Google's round-the-clock energy plan
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Inside Clean Energy: Des Moines Just Set a New Bar for City Clean Energy Goals

By Dan Gearino   01/14/21  
Cities setting clean energy goals now have a new leader to emulate: Des Moines, Iowa. The Des Moines city council voted 7-0 on Monday in favor of a resolution that sets a goal of reaching…
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