WED Wins Midwest Energy Efficiency Award

Winneshiek Energy District and Executive Director Andy Johnson have received the 2021 Inspiring Efficiency Leadership Award from the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance! “This is a tremendous honor for the entire Energy District movement, and absolutely a group leadership award”, said Johnson. “Energy Districts are all about local leadership for a just, prosperous, and locally-owned clean energy future. Leaders build organizations, put boots on the ground, and keep wealth in pocketbooks and communities.

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Action Alert Update: Iowa’s Solar Tax Credit, Natural Gas Protectionism

Andy Johnson, Executive Director Iowa’s solar tax credit has been critical to the growth of locally-owned solar in Winneshiek County and throughout Iowa. Thanks to oversubscription and linkage with a phasing out federal credit, its future is in jeopardy. House File 221 would pay down the wait list, raise the annual cap, and decouple from the federal credit, and needs your support! This Iowa Solar Energy Trade Association page is an excellent resource

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Electric Pickup Trucks are Here

by Matt Staver, Green Iowa Americorps 2021 may be an important year for electric vehicles. The first consumer electric pickup trucks are set to hit the market later this year. This is big news for Iowa, where trucks are the best-selling vehicle by far.  In this article, I have curated a list of electric trucks that are set to be released in 2021 or 2022, and what we know about

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Sign-up for Bring an EV to Work Day!

Are you a business owner? Do you want to showcase an electric vehicle at your business? Then sign-up here and one of our EV ambassadors will arrange a time to bring an electric vehicle. Name First Last Name of businessHow many employees do you have?What day(s) work best for you?PhoneEmail

Sign up to be an EV Ambassador!

Do you love your EV? Do you want to show off your car to people interested in buying an EV? Sign-up to be an EV Ambassador and we will contact you when we have outreach opportunities. Name First Last PhoneEmail Car Make and Model*Year of CarWhat types of outreach events are you interested in? Single EV Showcase at the Farmers Market Large Multi-EV Expos Parades Bring to your EV to

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March Energy Lunch: Electric Vehicle Planning in NE Iowa

In March, Michelle Barness from Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, updated us on the regional EV planning study underway in Northeast Iowa. The study covers a 6 county area and looks at current market trends, charging infrastructure needs, models for public charging, and even EV job training programs! WED is excited to be a partner on this study. EVs are experiencing an exponentially increasing share of the vehicle market. Winneshiek

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February Newsletter Briefs

Action Alert: Save Iowa’s Solar Tax Credit; then Stop Natural Gas Protectionism Andy Johnson, Executive Director Iowa’s solar tax credit has been critical to the growth of locally-owned solar in Winneshiek County and throughout Iowa. Thanks to oversubscription and linkage with a phasing out federal credit, its future is in jeopardy. House File 221 would pay down the wait list, raise the annual cap, and decouple from the federal credit, and

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January Newsletter Briefs

Iowa Farmer And Banker Agree On Solar Tax Credits; Cedar Rapids Gazette Op-ed Written by Andy Johnson, Executive Director and Larry Grimstad, Board Member What do this farmer and banker have in common, besides a love for our rural Iowa community and county? Locally owned solar power. It brings jobs, wealth, light and a healthier home place everywhere it goes. Solar is happening right here in our home county of

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To All Our Donors, Thank You for Your Support! 

As we wrap up our 2020 Membership Drive, we are filled with gratitude for all of our member donors who were able to give to support our mission of advancing the clean energy transition. 2020 was WED’s tenth birthday so this membership season was extra special.  Thank you to all of you who have been members since the beginning, to all of our new members, and who give when you can!

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Honey Bees in a Solar Field: A Sweet Combination

By Maggie Anderson, Green Iowa Americorps  Joel Fassbinder, local beekeeper and owner of Highlandville Honey Farm, enhances the newly emerging and exciting environmentally friendly technique of putting pollinator habitat underneath solar arrays, thanks to his honey bee hives located in a solar field! Dramatic declines in insect abundance and diversity are becoming increasingly well documented worldwide, largely as a result of global warming and habitat loss. There is a need

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