Our Climate, Our Responsibility, Our Opportunity

Andy Johnson, Director The recent Global Warming of 1.5°C report, released by the prestigious Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change on October 8, was a wake-up call to some. To many others, it was one more installment in 30+ years of science documenting the dangers of human-induced climate change, and the opportunity we still have (maybe) to protect a liveable world for our kids and grandkids. We’ll summarize key take-away’s from

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Free Workshop on Home Maintenance and Weatherization

October 9, 2018                                                             FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Scott Timm Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 515-291-2560 stimm@iastate.edu A workshop on home maintenance and weatherization techniques will be presented in the Upper Explorerland conference room, 325 Washington Street, at 6:30pm, October 18th. This workshop is meant to assist homeowners and renters learn more about building science, how to properly maintain their homes, and teach techniques for sealing up their properties to reduce

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Solsmart at October Energy Breakfast

Solsmart at October Energy Breakfast

Nine northeast Iowa cities and counties are partnering with the Energy Districts of northeast Iowa to evaluate the potential to achieve SolSmart designation. SolSmart is a national program that certifies local governments as solar friendly, or “open for solar business”. This regional SolSmart collaborative is the topic of the October Energy Breakfast, to be held at Tbocks downstairs, on Tuesday, October 16th at 7:30 am. All are welcome and requested

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Localism, Energy, and Very Fast Fiber!

Localism, Energy, and Very Fast Fiber!

Want to cast a vote right now – this very minute – for a healthy, prosperous, and innovative Decorah? For locally-owned, super-fast, highly-reliable, unlimited, and affordable internet? Stop what you’re doing, go to http://www.ourbroadbandfuture.com/decorah.html, and take the Decorah Fiber Pledge for your household or business. (We’ll get to the energy connection soon, but first take the pledge, then keep reading!) In 2015, the Decorah community overwhelmingly voted YES (94%) to

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Proposed Cuts to Energy Efficiency Program Will Affect Rebate Levels

Joel Zook, Energy Planner Some Rebates Will Be Eliminated Completely If you’ve considered making any upgrades to improve the energy efficiency of your home or business, you may want to act now while rebates still exist to help lower the cost. SF2311 was passed this legislative year and mandates a dramatic cut in Alliant Energy and Black Hills Energy’s energy efficiency programs. Insulation, air sealing and other rebates are being

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Art in a New Light

Art in a New Light

Next time you step into the Art Haus gallery on West Water St in Decorah, you may notice a slight difference in the ambiance, not due to the art, but due to the light! On July 12th, Green Iowa AmeriCorps members Drew Peeler and Emily Osborne performed a direct install service and replaced sixteen bulbs with high-efficiency LED light bulbs. This simple installation will save the non-profit an estimated $145

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E-Bikes: The New Bike on the Block

E-Bikes: The New Bike on the Block

Kristin Eggen, Communications Specialist This month, I caught up with Josie and Travis from Decorah Bicycles (DB) to hear about their E-Bikes, a new form of bicycle transportation that could be an innovative tool for those looking to decrease the carbon footprint of their around-town transportation. KE: Hi Josie, I’ve recently noticed a sign advertising E-bikes at Decorah Bicycles. I’m just going to ask straight out: what is an E-bike?

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Decorah City Council Members Announce Public Forum related to Electric Utility Franchise Agreement

Decorah City Council Members Announce Public Forum related to Electric Utility Franchise Agreement

For Immediate Release Contact: Chad Bird, City of Decorah, City Manager, 563-382-3651 Decorah City Council Members Announce Public Forum related to Electric Utility Franchise Agreement Decorah, IA (June 26, 2018) – Decorah City Council members, led by utility committee chair, Andy Carlson have scheduled Saturday, June 30, 2018, for an informational meeting to interact with the public on issues surrounding the renewal of the city’s franchise agreement with Alliant Energy.

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W.E.D. and Decorah Featured in National Podcast

W.E.D. and Decorah Featured in National Podcast

The ILSRs latest podcast episode “Innovation in Small Town America” features WED and the unique locally-owned clean energy accomplishments in the region. The Institute for Local Self-Reliance is an organization dedicated to the building of healthier, wealthier, and more resilient communities and economies, at the local and regional level. Their valuable work covers independent business, locally-owned energy and broadband, banking, waste, and more. We encourage readers to check out the ILSR

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Decorah Power and Municipal Electric Utility Update

Joel Zook, Energy Planner The final, agonizingly close vote is in. Of the 2767 votes cast, there were 1382 yes votes and 1385 no votes. The three-vote margin is just one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) of the votes cast. It was an engaged electorate with voter participation over 50 percent. Decorah voters decided not to authorize the city to further explore the possibility of forming a municipal electric utility. As

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