Introducing the Home Energy Snapshot

Have you ever wondered how your home’s energy use stacked up against the universe of similar homes in your area, and how much improvement potential you have? Or have you been shopping for houses and wanted to compare a “miles per gallon” rating for houses? The issue of “Home Energy Scoring” has made significant progress in recent years, but is still in its infancy. Winneshiek Energy District is not satisfied

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Decorah Partnership Trades Solar Carbon LOCALLY

Decorah is on the map again for efforts in sustainable energy and climate change. This time the focus is not on the renewable energy itself but on the “solar renewable energy credits” (or SRECs) associated with the solar energy produced. SRECs are a form of carbon (or greenhouse gas emissions) trading, and though it’s a relatively new idea to Americans, even the Super Bowl is now involved. “The local trading

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Energy District joins RE-AMP

The Energy District recently joined a group 144 other non-profits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy, all with a common goal of reducing global warming pollution economy-wide by 80% by 2050. RE-AMP brings environmental, labor, faith, youth, energy, conservation and other groups together to develop common priorities to achieve its goals in the areas of Clean Energy, Coal, Energy Efficiency, Global Warming Solutions, and Transportation. With a wide array of member

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Decorah’s Local Energy Star Buildings Shine Brightly

You’ve probably seen those yellow Energy Star labels on appliances, but did you know that entire buildings can also be awarded an Energy Star designation? Through 2012, the following seven buildings in Decorah have received this recognition, the first five through assistance from Winneshiek Energy District, an Energy Star Partner. First Lutheran Church Good Shepherd Lutheran Church First United Methodist Church of Decorah Erdman Engineering Ace Hardware Oneota Community Coop

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Energy District Over Half Way to $100K Goal, Appeals to Public in Local Fund Drive

Winneshiek Energy District is looking for a few good friends. “Make that a few hundred!” said Board member Jeni Grouws. “We’re super excited about what we’ve accomplished in our first two short years. We’re even more excited about what we can do going forward with tremendous community support through our first ever local fund drive.” The organization is appealing to the public to sign up as “Friends” of the District

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Net-Zero Home Open House and Film Premiere

The Winneshiek Energy District will host an open house of its Net-Zero Home retrofit project, preceded by a short film screening and discussion, on Saturday, December 1st. The documentary film screening and project discussion will take place at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church at 1pm. The open house at 805 5th Avenue will follow, and run from about 2-4pm. Attendees can easily walk the one block in between. “This is a

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Winneshiek Energy District Leads Way

By Sarah Strandberg, Decorah Newspapers The Winneshiek Energy District (WED) is leading the way in its field, based on statistics accumulated since its inception two years ago. WED Director Andy Johnson of Decorah updated the Decorah City Council on his organization’s accomplishments in July. WED, a nonprofit corporation, is scheduled to request the second allotment of funding it receives from the city during the Council’s meeting Monday night. Read the full

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DOE launches “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series featuring Northeast Iowa

U.S. Energy Department launches “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series featuring Winnehsiek Energy District, Luther College and the city of Decorah. July 18, 2012 WASHINGTON – Today, the U.S. Energy Department launched the “Clean Energy in Our Community” video series, which will feature small communities throughout the country that are striving to become more sustainable, are investing in the green economy, and are bringing the benefits of clean energy

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Decorah Band & Trust Company Begins Use of Solar Panels

From an article on DecorahNews.com. Decorah Bank & Trust Company has just put into operation the largest rooftop solar installation to date in Decorah.  The 22 kilowatt (kW) photovoltaic solar array sits on the bank roof.  It should produce enough energy to power the equivalent of three average-sized homes. Dennis Pottratz of Go Solar in Decorah managed and installed the system with the help of local contractors.  “It has been

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Green Business Challenge 2011

The Green Business Challenge: Save Energy and Save Money! The Winneshiek Energy District is encouraging businesses to save energy and save money with the Green Business Challenge. Businesses that sign up for the Green Business Challenge will gain recognition for their efforts and qualify to win one of three intensive electrical audits from Smartgreen.com energy consulting valued at over $3,000. Businesses that sign up for the Green Business Challenge enter

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