Clean Energy Districts of Iowa Joins Settlement Agreement in Black Hills Energy Rate Case

Jim Martin-Schramm, Clean Energy Districts of Iowa The Clean Energy Districts of Iowa (CEDI) has agreed to join a settlement agreement regarding a proposal by Black Hills Energy (BHE) to increase natural gas base rates. The agreement achieves the majority of objectives CEDI pursued in its testimony. “We’re pleased with the settlement agreement” stated Jim Martin-Schramm, who developed the testimony for CEDI. “Some level of increase was inevitable, and any

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November Energy Lunch: Community Foundations + Energy Districts

Max Walker, Green Iowa Americorps For the November installment of our Energy Lunch, the Winneshiek Energy District hosted MJ Smith, who presented on the mission of the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque to strengthen small Iowa communities, particularly for their next generation. MJ is the senior affiliate advisor of this foundation, and has done this work for 15 years. The mission for the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque (CFGD) was

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Energy Saving Steps Can Reduce Winter Heating Costs

This story ran in the October 20, 2021 edition of the Iowa Farm Bureau Spokesman, and is reprinted with permission. With heating bills expected to rise this winter, there are a number of ways that farmers and rural residents can save on energy costs during the winter.  Joel Zook, a certified energy manager and a National Re­sources Conservation Service (NRCS) technical service provider, says a good place to start is

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Action Alert: Iowa Homeowners Set To Lose Millions In Promised Solar Tax Credits

Andy Johnson, Executive Director For years, Iowa homeowners have been told the state’s solar tax credit is available for solar systems installed through 2021.  Now it appears the State of Iowa is about to break that promise. Iowa’s budget is strong and the solution is straightforward – if the Republican-controlled Legislature acts. First we’ll explain the problem, then return to the solution (hint: your state legislators need to hear from

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Here Comes the Sun: Solar Friendly Ordinances

by Joel Zook, Energy Planner WED Energy Planner Joel Zook recently participated in Here Comes the Sun: Solar Friendly Ordinances for communities, a webinar to help communities think through how to best zone for solar. As more and more Iowans are adding solar to their homes and businesses, communities are wrestling with how to create zoning codes that allow for solar installations while maintaining the character of their communities. From

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WED Wraps Up West Union Geothermal Project

WED Energy Planner Joel Zook has been working with the City of West Union for the past 18 months, helping to increase participation in their city-owned district geothermal system. The projects is wrapping up and the project team made a final presentation to the West Union City Council last month. This following article originally ran in the Union Echo Leader and was written by Jack Swanson, Fayette County Newspapers (fayettecountynewspapers.com)

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A Successful FestEVal!

Heidi Eger, Communications On August 28th, we wrapped up our 7 week Electric Vehicle showcase at the Decorah Farmers Market.  Over the course of 2 months, we talked to hundreds of market goers about fully Electric Vehicles and Plug-in Electric Hybrids. Each week, we hosted a different car shown off by it’s driver.  People want to hear how these cars handle in the snow, what a commute is like, how

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It Is Unequivocal That Human Influence Has Warmed The Atmosphere, Ocean and Land

Andy Johnson, Executive Director So reads the first Headline Statement from the most recent, definitive, and ominous IPCC report, Climate Change 2021: The Physical Science Basis. More: “Human-induced climate change is already affecting many weather and climate extremes in every region across the globe.” These include “heatwaves, heavy precipitation, droughts, and tropical cyclones”, the changes are accelerating, and “many changes due to past and future greenhouse gas emissions are irreversible for

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IUB Clarifies Support For Utility Scale Renewable Energy

Andy Johnson, Executive Director In July of this year, the Iowa Utilities Board opened a docket to investigate the development of a comprehensive plan for Iowa’s future transmission grid. In our August newsletter (and in comments submitted by the Clean Energy Districts of Iowa), we worried that the Board may be “unnecessarily feeding the fire … [of] growing headwinds in Iowa for renewable energy at all scales”. Many other parties in the docket expressed

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A Close Look at the Clean Energy Legislation Offered by House

Joel Zook, Energy Planner We’ve had a lot of people ask us for an update on any possible movement on clean energy at the federal level. It’s been a busy summer here at WED, and I have not dug into any of the details, trying to avoid the play-by-plays that the news can provide. Luckily, journalist Dave Roberts has been, and he is an excellent summarizer. See what is in the first

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