Howard County Energy District Hosts Solar Tour

Cresco, IA – On a grey morning in Howard County renewable energy advocates from Howard County’s newly formed Energy District illuminated the economic and environmental benefits of Iowa solar tax credits on their March 24th Solar Tour.   The group of community leaders and state representative Jane Bloomingdale visited numerous solar sites around Cresco, Iowa. KTTC Rochester, Austin, Mason City News, Weather and Sports

Decorah Asked to Explore Local Electric Municipality

New community organization urges city to consider its options Decorah (IA) – The concept of the City of Decorah becoming its own municipal electrical utility (MEU) was presented to the Decorah City Council’s utility committee on Monday night. The presentation was made by Decorah Power, a new non-profit comprised of Decorah area residents formed to explore the option. “This is about opportunities”, stated Decorah Power President Larry Grimstad in introduction.

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Act Now On Iowa Solar Policy     

Two critical Iowa policies that support solar and other renewable energy may be undone in the current legislative session: Net Metering and Tax Credits. You can act now: visit our legislator page, then call or email your state Senator and Representative with two simple messages: 1. Keep Iowa’s solar and clean energy tax credits in place. Together with the federal credits (extended in 2015) they are helping NEIA lead the

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Take Action: 2015 Iowa Legislation on Renewable Energy

The Iowa legislature is currently debating three pieces of legislation of special interest to renewable energy advocates in Iowa. To take action, call or email your Iowa Representative or Senator, with contact information found here. Some information here is take from the Iowa Environmental Council’s weekly legislative updates, which can be received by signing up at their site. “NO” on SF406/HF548 SF406/HF548 imposes additional requirements for interconnection customers connecting renewable energy

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Join us for the Earth Hour candle-lit vigil

Join us for a candle-lit vigil in support of the planet, at Water Street Park in downtown Decorah, starting at 8:30pm on Saturday, March 28, 2015. Bring a candle, bring a guitar, bring your voice, and bring your desire to change climate change. After some time at the vigil, step across the street to Java John’s Coffeehouse for a candle-lit coffee, wine, and beer experience. If your business would like to

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IUB Still Seeking Comments on Distributed Generation, Net Metering, & Innerconnection

Update: The current round of comments and replies in the Net Metering portion of this docket is closed. We will leave the explanatory section below for those interested, and provide updates and new guidance as the docket progresses. On January 7, 2014, the Iowa Utilities Board (Board) issued an order commencing an inquiry docket into distributed generation (DG). DG includes the full spectrum of customer owned or third-party owned electrical generation

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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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Join Us for Green the Season!

Help Green the Season with the Green Iowa AmeriCorps team and the Winneshiek Energy District this holiday season! Look for displays in Decorah businesses telling how our local merchants do their part to reduce energy in the community. The following businesses are participating in our Green the Season promotion: Dragonfly Books Magpie Coffeehouse Decorah Bicycles Oneota Cycles The Depot True Value Hardware Oneota Community Food Co-op Decorah Chick Hatchery Blue

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