Energized All-Stars

“We got energized, so can you!” Over the past few years the Energy District has played a role in helping businesses, churches, organizations and others understand, plan and reduce their energy consumption. It’s not the typical mid-westerner approach, but we love helping you brag about it. We’ve created a nice poster display for those that have taken the initiative to get Energized! Keep an eye out because you’ll be seeing

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Solar PV At Record Low

There has never been a better time for installing a solar photovoltaic array on your house. Prices on solar panels have dropped steeply over the past few years, with more and more panels being produced. Incentives are great too. There is a federal income tax credit on 30% the installed cost of renewable energy (with no upper limit). Iowa has recently passed a state income tax credit for 15% of

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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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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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Luther College Board of Regents Sent Zero Carbon Footprint Goal

The Luther College Board of Regents has endorsed a goal of having the college be carbon neutral by the year 2030. Regents have authorized Luther President Richard Torgerson to plan and pursue sustainable methods of operation and energy conservation initiatives that will reduce the campus carbon footprint by 50 percent by the end of 2015, 70 percent by 2020, and achieve its carbon neutral goal by the year 2030. Luther

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WED and City of Decorah Partner on Energy Assistance for Low-Moderate Income Families

The Energy District has partnered with the City of Decorah to offer energy efficiency assistance to low-moderate income households in Decorah. All qualifying households can and are encouraged to participate in our Home Efficiency Program. Who is eligible for this program? All households in the City of Decorah whose total household pre-tax annual income is less than 80% of area median as shown in the chart below qualify for both programs.

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Green Iowa Americorps Partnering with the Oneota Film Festival

The Green Iowa Americorps team in Decorah is partnering with the Third Annual Oneota Film Festival to provide food for thought on civil and environmental engagement. Luther College will host the film festival January 20-22, 2012. Members will view the films and participate in discussions that follow. Diverse topics of the films (some locally made) range from electric cars and school gardens to mountain climbs and eco road trips. For

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