Energy District: (en-ərgi ˈdɪs-trɪkt) noun
An organization that provides leadership towards a locally-owned clean energy economy and society for a geographic area.

The Winneshiek Energy District is the original pilot energy district founded loosely on the Soil and Water Conservation District model, in 2010. The effort grew out of extensive community conversation and history, a founding board including Carolyn Corbin, Larry Grimstad, Jeni Grouws, Paul Johnson, Jim Martin-Schramm, and Craig Mosher, and the vision of founding Executive Director Andrew Johnson.


100% Locally-Owned Renewable Energy by 2050


The mission of Winneshiek Energy District is to build local leadership and consensus around the vision and move steadily towards it with strategies including technical assistance, community engagement, market transformation, and policy advocacy. As the founding Energy District, our mission also includes the demonstration of the energy district model viability, and growth of an energy district network throughout Iowa and beyond.

What We Do:

Energy Auditing and Planning: We help homes, farms, businesses, and institutions save money by investing in energy efficiency and clean energy such as solar and geothermal.

Sponsoring Green Iowa AmeriCorps:  Teams do basic home energy upgrades, especially for low-income households. They work in our schools to teach kids about clean energy and saving energy.

Education: We offer monthly breakfast seminars, newsletters, electric car fairs, tours of efficient solar homes and more. See upcoming events.

Economic development:  We promote local jobs in energy efficiency and renewable energy, keeping energy dollars local.

Policy: We advocate for clean energy policies that support our local economy and protect our environment for future generations.

Leading a Movement:  We help other counties – such as Clayton, Howard, and Dubuque – create their own energy districts.

Meet Our Team