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Check out these two opportunities to work with local, clean energy! Communications position announcement Nov2019 West Union Position Annoucement Learn more on our Jobs page

Giving thanks for our partners

Tis the season to give thanks! Here at the Winneshiek Energy District, we have deep, deep gratitude for countless community partners who are also working toward a clean, local, energy future for Winneshiek County and beyond. NEIA Energy Districts I’ll never forget the time a professor shouted at my group “stop acting like a bunch of trees and start acting like a forest!” We all knew what that meant: ditch

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Join our team: Seeking Communications and Engagement Specialist

Do you care about local, clean energy for all? Are you a great communicator and community-builder? Join our team! The Winneshiek Energy District is looking for an experienced, part-time Communications and Community Engagement professional to join our team in Decorah, Iowa, beginning January 2020. Winneshiek Energy District (WED) is a northeast Iowa public benefit corporation located in Decorah, Iowa. You can read all about us on this nifty website – but

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High Energy Bills? NEICAC can help.

Kristin Eggen, Communications Specialist For years the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation has helped low-income households stay safe and warm with the weatherization  and Low Income Home Energy Assistance Programs (LIHEAP). If you or someone you know could benefit from assistance with your energy bills, these programs may be right for you. Click the links to learn more. Apply today! Weatherization The Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) provides many northeast Iowans

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Solar, Geothermal, and Electric Vehicle Tax Credits

Joel Zook, Energy Planner Below is an overview of 2019 tax credits that may help make your next solar, geothermal, or electric vehicle purchase possible. Solar If you haven’t already heard 2019 is the last year for the full 30% federal tax credit on solar. The credit declines next year to 26% and 22% in 2021. Those are still generous discounts on a solar system but waiting a year to

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It’s the perfect time to get a Farm Energy Assessment

It’s the perfect time to get a Farm Energy Assessment

Joel Zook, Energy Planner Farms are eligible for cost-share dollars for on-farm energy improvements. If you are considering a new grain dryer, or are looking to upgrade lighting, heating or dairy equipment consider an Agricultural Energy Management Plan to qualify. Talk with Joel Zook or with your local NRCS office about EQIP funding. There’s no true off-season on a farm but take advantage of the break between planting and harvest

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Legislature: Redo The Electric Vehicle Triple-Tax Bill

Andy Johnson, Director Joel Zook, Energy Planner The Iowa Legislature just passed a bill creating a new triple-tax scenario on electric vehicles (EV) for Iowans, and a bureaucratic nightmare to implement. HF767 fails to address the real challenges involved and creates a burden of triple-taxation and regulatory uncertainty for Iowa households, farms, businesses and institutions. There is no question that the transition to electric vehicles will require policy adjustment to

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Eat Pizza For Your Energy District

Eat Pizza For Your Energy District

Kristin Eggen, Communications Specialist The Winneshiek Energy District is partnering with Luna Valley Farm on Friday, May 17th from 4-8pm for a clean energy fundraising night. A percentage of the evening’s sales will support local, clean energy programming in Winneshiek County. The Winneshiek Energy District is a local non-profit with a mission to lead, implement, and accelerate the locally-owned, inclusive, clean energy transition in Winneshiek County. Recent projects have included

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Joel’s Solar Story

Joel’s Solar Story

So. I placed a down payment on solar last month. I’m committing to the largest purchase I’ve ever made (not counting my house). I’ve sat on the fence on this decision for some time because I don’t have the greatest location to install solar on my house. My roof faces west not south, and I have a lot of shading from a big old sycamore tree in my back yard.

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Energy Efficiency Day on the Hill

Energy Efficiency Day on the Hill

Andy Johnson, Director Calling all clean energy and shop-local advocates: the first every Energy Efficiency day at the state capitol is next Tuesday, January 22. WED is coordinating ride-sharing; email Joel Zook if you’re interested. According to the US Department of Energy, Energy Efficiency could save customers over $2 trillion  by 2030. Yes you heard that right, energy efficiency holds massive, almost unlimited potential for keeping energy dollars local. Your grandma’s

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