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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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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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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Businesses Recognized for Achieving Green

“It is really quite impressive! So much work is being done for energy efficiency in Decorah and surrounding areas,” observed visiting energy consultant, Warren Gaskill with EnergyStewards.net. Over 55 businesses in Decorah and Winneshiek County have signed up for the Green Business Challenge since July of this year.  Those businesses have tracked their energy and entered their energy data into the Energystar.gov national data base where businesses of similar size

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A Sustainability Plan for Decorah

A sustainability plan was developed with the City of Decorah during the spring, summer, and fall of 2010, with input from dozens of organizations and businesses and hundreds of local citizens. It is meant as a framework, a initial sketching out of the vision (in the Executive Summary) and some specific pieces of the puzzle (in the full plan). It is also meant to be a work in progress, regularly

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Home Energy Monitoring with Decorah High School Students

Have you ever wondered how much electricity your microwave used (or computer, or range, or … you get the picture)? Or how much your whole house is using right now? We’re working on a collaborative project to install special electrical monitoring devices in the homes of DHS students and their families right now (spring and summer 2010) to test their impact. Thirty families involved in our study are monitoring their

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