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

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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

Study: Batteries could bolster renewables in Iowa, but likely not without help

By Karen Uhlenhuth   01/11/21  
Monday evening, the Des Moines City Council voted to receive and file a draft of a resolution that would commit to go to 100% clean energy by 2030, which could be a huge step in…
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Iowa’s clean energy sector employs 10,000, could create many more jobs with policy changes, group says

By Donnelle Eller   01/08/21  
Iowa has about 9,800 wind, solar and other clean energy jobs at 113 businesses, but changes in state and federal policy could drive that number much higher, a group behind a new study on the industry contends.
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Iowa can’t rest on its clean energy laurels; these three policies would help the most

By Steve Falck   01/07/21  
In clean energy, Iowa has long set the pace for the Midwest, and from there the nation. It was true in 1983 when we created the first Renewable Portfolio Standard setting statewide clean energy goals.
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U.S. Disaster Costs Doubled in 2020, Reflecting Costs of Climate Change

By Christopher Flavelle   01/07/21  
Hurricanes, wildfires and other disasters across the United States caused $95 billion in damage last year, according to new data, almost double the amount in 2019 and the third-highest losses since 2010.
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With loss of nuclear plant, more clean energy is needed

By David Osterberg   01/05/21  
For years nearly 10 percent of electricity produced in Iowa came from the Duane Arnold Energy Center (DAEC), the nuclear reactor north of Palo. Now the reactor is gone for good. Its owner, NextEra, made…
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Report: Iowa is in middle of pack in prepping for impacts of climate change

By Matt Kelley   01/01/21  
Iowa has moderate vulnerability to the health impacts of climate change, according to a study from a non-profit, non-partisan health policy, research and advocacy group.
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Alliant Energy’s Iowa renewable energy use climbs to over 26%

By John Steppe   12/03/20  
More than a quarter of energy used by Alliant Energy’s Iowa customers in 2019 came from renewable resources, the company said Thursday.
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Mason City Moves Forward With Solar Power For Waterworks

By Nick Kruszalnicki   12/01/20  
It's all part of a larger solar project, which will involve the multipurpose arena and the wastewater treatment plant.
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Farmers Are Warming Up To The Fight Against Climate Change

By Daniel Charles   11/20/20  
Farmers swarmed Capitol Hill wearing caps with the words "Don't Cap Our Future." And it worked. The legislation died, derailing the boldest plan Congress had crafted to cut greenhouse gas emissions.
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Is Coyote Run Farm in central Iowa the nation’s most important farm?

By Neil Hamilton   11/16/20  
You may not have heard of Matt Russell or Coyote Run Farm yet, but you will. Matt and his husband, Patrick, operate their 110-acre farm near Lacona, based on selling good food they grow to people they know,…
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What the Biden agenda means for Iowa

11/15/20  
In the short term, we call on U.S. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst to acknowledge Biden’s election win and reject Trump’s baseless claims of election fraud. Doing so will help facilitate a smooth transition…
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Iowa utility has a plan to save money and the climate

By Michael Schmidt   11/14/20  
Last week, Alliant Energy announced it would retire its coal-fired Lansing Generating Station by the end of 2022 and convert its coal-fired Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021. Alliant will add 400 megawatts…
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Once skeptics, Iowa farmers look to lead fight against global warming

By Christopher King   11/10/20  
Massive wildfires scorch the west coast, turning skies into scenes from alien worlds. Punishing hurricanes pound the Atlantic and gulf coasts, flattening cities and towns with powerful winds, inundating them with floods. And the catastrophic…
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Experts: Iowa’s renewable energy growth depends on better transmission

10/31/20  
Iowa could become an even bigger leader in renewable energy, especially if renewable hydrogen is developed and transmission lines are improved,a panel of university, government and corporate leaders said Wednesday.
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Des Moines considering committing to 100% carbon-free energy over the next ten years

By Eva Andersen and Sam Sides   10/19/20  
Monday evening, the Des Moines City Council voted to receive and file a draft of a resolution that would commit to go to 100% clean energy by 2030, which could be a huge step in…
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To reduce greenhouse gases, you’ve got to measure them and that’s not always easy

By David Brooks   10/19/20  
If only greenhouse gasses were fabric dyes, it would be a lot easier to limit climate change. I say that because of stories I’ve heard from old-timers who tell of the days before New England’s…
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Letter: Republicans must vote to address climate change

By Michael Loebach and Glen Oak   10/19/20  
When it comes to climate change, there is a clear difference between Sen. Joni Ernst and her challenger, Theresa Greenfield, in the U.S. Senate race. To my fellow conservatives and libertarians, I encourage you to…
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Iowa derecho in August was most costly thunderstorm disaster in U.S. history

By Bob Henson   10/17/20  
No single thunderstorm event in modern times — not even a tornado — has wrought as much economic devastation as the derecho that slammed the nation’s Corn Belt on Aug. 10, based on analyses from…
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A vote for climate action is a vote for Iowa farmers, and jobs

By Rob Hogg   10/16/20  
As voters in Iowa head to the polls, remember this: A vote for climate action is a vote for farmers, jobs, and health. On the other side of the coronavirus epidemic, solving climate change is…
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Panel discusses benefits of wind development in southwest Iowa

By Ryan Matheny   10/13/20  
Experts on a number of topics related to wind energy weighed in on further development in southwest Iowa in a special forum Tuesday afternoon. Organized by the group Power Up Iowa — which advocates for…
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Iowa City looks to create climate conversations with new ambassadors program

By Samantha Murray   10/13/20  
The City of Iowa City will launch Iowa City Climate Ambassadors this winter, a new program that aims to inspire people to work against climate change by creating initiatives on the individual level. The program…
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Wind energy jobs in Iowa expected to double or triple by 2030

By Angie Bergenson   10/10/20  
The renewable energy market is expected to see tremendous growth over the next decade.Even in the current economic struggles recorded worldwide, wind energy jobs are expected to take off over the next ten years. Iowa…
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OTHER VOICES: Clean energy pays dividends in Iowa

By Bill Anderson   10/10/20  
uring Clean Energy Week, I had the opportunity to sit down and talk with leaders from across Iowa about the numerous benefits that increasing our clean energy capacity brings to our communities. I was joined…
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Alliant Energy Adds 1,000 MW of Wind in Iowa

10/09/20  
Alliant Energy on Oct. 1 announced the completion of its plan to add 1,000 MW of wind production in Iowa, as the company completed its 130-MW Richland Wind Farm in Sac County, located in west-central…
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Grassley and Ernst Visit Renewable Energy Group in Mason City

By AJ Taylor   10/09/20  
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) joined by fellow champions for Iowa’s biofuel industry, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig, visited the Renewable Energy Group in Mason City. During their stop at…
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Learning From The Pandemic In Order To Tackle Climate Change

By Ben Kieffer and Matthew Alvarez   10/08/20  
This week more than 230 Iowa scientists weighed in on a significant question: Will lessons from COVID-19 help us survive climate change? On this Newsbuzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with…
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Iowa scientists urge state leaders to use pandemic, derecho to prep for climate change

By Cleo Krejci   10/08/20  
In the year of a pandemic and numerous natural disasters, top climate scientists in Iowa are urging people to think long-term. The reason? Understanding how the pandemic and climate change relate can help us all…
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UI environmental groups react to Climate Change Clock

By Sabine Martin   10/08/20  
University of Iowa and state environmental groups say that 2020 and beyond must be a decade of action before Iowa’s climate-change clock runs out. A public art piece in Manhattan, New York, echoes similar concerns.…
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‘Iowa’s good:’ Ernst, Naig talk biofuel advancements

By Lisa Grouette   10/07/20  
At a press conference in Mason City on Wednesday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig expressed enthusiasm over recently launched plans to advance biofuel infrastructure projects within the state.
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Climate activists react with skepticism to annual climate statement

By Clinton Garlock   10/07/20  
The University of Iowa’s Center for Global and Environmental Research’s annual Iowa Climate Statement, a briefing signed by 230 climate scientists and educators on the current state of climate science and its impacts on Iowans,…
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Iowa Climate Statement draws on lessons from COVID-19 pandemic

By Rebecca Kopelman   10/07/20  
Over two hundreds scientists are putting up a united front on climate change. The University of Iowa Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research released the Iowa Climate Statement today.
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Alliant Energy Completes 1000 MW of Wind in Iowa

10/02/20  
Alliant Energy announces completion of its plan to add 1,000 MW of wind production in Iowa, several months ahead of schedule and within budget. This achievement comes as the company completes its 130-MW Richland Wind…
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Alliant Energy reaches 1,000 MW of wind production in Iowa

10/01/20  
Alliant Energy completed its plan to add 1,000 MW of wind production in Iowa, several months ahead of schedule and within budget. This achievement comes as the company completes its 130-MW Richland Wind Farm in…
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Iowa’s first electric buses are in Polk County. Here’s what DART hopes to learn from them.

By Shelby Fleig   10/01/20  
Electric buses and other battery-powered vehicles are gaining popularity nationwide as more cities adopt sustainability goals including lowering greenhouse gas emissions — the most significant driver of climate change, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
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Meaningful action on climate change will require big change from all of us — even Iowa City’s progressives

By Jacob Simmering   09/30/20  
There is a theme in political messaging from progressive candidates that they will protect and expand environmental protections against “corporate polluters.” While I agree with the need for stronger protections, this obscures the fact that…
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Iowa City-based businesses awarded for efforts to reduce carbon emissions

By Marissa Schwartz   09/26/20  
Climate Fest is happening this week in Iowa City. This comes as the city announces the first annual winners of the Climate Action at Work Awards program. All Iowa City-based businesses were eligible - with…
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Vote to address climate change; if we don’t, nothing else will matter

By Cornelia F. Mutel   09/26/20  
n mid-September, I drove west on Interstate Highway 80 toward a bright orangey-red sunset. How beautiful, I thought, also noting the faraway woodlands fading into gray. Until I realized what I was really seeing: smoke…
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Feenstra gets bird’s-eye view of Carroll, Wall Lake, Breda renewable energy projects

By Douglas Burns   09/24/20  
ate Sen. Randy Feenstra hit a trifecta of renewable energy spots Tuesday in a sweeping visit of west-central Iowa during which he talked with farmers and energy providers on what he sees as among the…
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Iowa City schools work with Cedar Rapids company on climate action initiatives

By Grace King   09/24/20  
The Iowa City Community School District will work with Design Engineers of Cedar Rapids on its climate action plan, which includes increasing the district’s use of renewable energy, conducting an inventory of greenhouse gas emissions…
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Corridor effort to bring awareness of local impacts of climate change

By Emily Chavez   09/24/20  
Eastern Iowa is taking action on climate change. From Sept. 19- 26, the City of Iowa City is celebrating Climate Fest, an opportunity for the community to address climate change. For the first time, Linn…
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Linn County’s first-ever sustainability program manager will focus on climate change, environment

By Gage Miskimen   09/22/20  
Linn County has its first sustainability program manager. The county Board of Supervisors hired Tamara Marcus as part of the county’s plan to address climate change and environmental sustainability.Marcus’ job, which officially started in late…
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Iowa City is hosting first annual climate festival virtually

By Claire Benson   09/22/20  
Despite COVID-19 moving many large gathering events virtual, the City of Iowa City is still hosting its first annual climate festival, with community members and local businesses coming together to celebrate the city’s sustainability efforts.
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Iowa Farmers Face Climate-Fueled Destruction, While the Industry Says it’s ‘Just Weather’

By Aaron Calvin   09/09/20  
Beneath a white tent on a wind-driven day in early September, Jerry Engelson wears a worried expression, visible even though most of his face is covered by a mask.
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What It’s Like To Live In A City That’s Had 3 ‘Once In A Lifetime’ Climate Disasters In 12 Years

By Emily Stochl   09/01/20  
My house stands on a neighborhood corner in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. It’s been here for 100 years. My husband and I are only the third family to own this house, but the original land was…
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Cities With the Highest Flood Risk in Every State

By Andrew Lisa   08/23/20  
Floods accounted for three of the 14 natural disasters that caused at least $1 billion in damage in the United States in 2019. In total, flooding impacted 14 million Americans last year and put another…
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Reynolds and Trump failures on climate and coronavirus crises leave Iowans at risk

By Maureen McCue   05/28/20  
On May 18, Iowa passed a grim milestone as our state’s death toll from COVID-19 grew past 350. Known cases continue to surge past 14,000 even as national and state officials loosen restrictions on travel…
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Iowa Legislature Urged to Renew Biofuel Tax Differentials

By Cindy Zimmerman   05/28/20  
Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA) members are urging state lawmakers to reauthorize biofuel tax differentials before the end of this legislative session.
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Farmers Must Adapt as U.S. Corn Belt Shifts Northward

By Daniel Cusick   05/26/20  
Farmers have been warned for years that climate change will disrupt growing conditions and crop yields. Pennsylvania State University researchers released findings this week suggesting those changes could come within the lifetimes of many current…
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American Climate Video: The Family Home Had Gone Untouched by Floodwaters for Over 80 Years, Until the Levee Breached

By Katelyn Weisbrod   05/24/20  
As the Missouri River reached flood stage, John Davis took some solace in knowing that his home, built in 1938, had never been touched by floodwaters. He had just evacuated his 90-year-old mother from her…
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Beyond Coal: Pandemic points to the need for clean energy

By Katie Rock   05/15/20  
Our current pandemic places us all in a moment of vulnerability. How our leaders, both in government and industry, respond to this moment will have long impacts. Our response to one crisis must not fuel…
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