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The Iowa Energy Plan
The plan, led by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Department of Transportation, will establish priorities and guide decision-making statewide for evaluating current and future energy supply and demand, explore energy policies and programs, and recognize developing challenges and opportunities.
Additional information about the plan, its goals and details about the six public forums that will be held across Iowa in late March and early April are available on the Iowa Environmental Council's blog

Iowa Environmental Council's blog

 
Six public forums have been scheduled across the state in March and April to provide more info on the plan's development process and solicit suggestions and feedback.The forums are an excellent opportunity to meet the team developing the plan and share your thoughts on Iowa's energy future. Public input is critical for the plan and will help determine its direction. Comments can also be submitted online through June 30, 2016. These may be submitted via the Iowa Energy Plan website at

http://www.iowaenergyplan.org/contact.html

 

 

 

 Solar Energy News

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:07:00 GMT
Solar, Bioenergy, Wind Power, News
Cuba Turns to Foreign Investors to Boost Renewable Energy

Nearly two years after presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced a thaw in relations, Cuba’s communist government is turning to foreign investors to boost renewable energy as it faces cutbacks in cheap oil imports from Venezuela.


Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:13:00 GMT
Solar, Distributed Energy, Opinion & Commentary
How Will New Solar Companies Fare in the Next Five Years?

One of the studies we might like to see is the turnover rate for new solar installation companies. Exactly how well can new solar contractors expect to do in today’s solar marketplace?


Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:26:00 GMT
Solar, Opinion & Commentary
Listen Up: Presidential Energy Politics

We’re in the midst of a bizarre presidential election. And a global energy transition driven by both economics and climate change. So where do Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton stand with their plans for our energy future?


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:41:00 GMT
Solar, News
How South Africa is Ensuring Solar PV Systems Commissioning

The rigorous monitoring of procedures for solar PV systems installation under South Africa’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Program (REIP) has ensured safety and high performance of the solar PV projects already connected to the country’s national grid.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 18:48:00 GMT
Solar, Distributed Energy, Opinion & Commentary
Charlie Gay Joins the SunShot Initiative to Leave a Lasting Impact

The SunShot Initiative welcomes Dr. Charlie Gay, the program’s new director, a solar industry pioneer who has witnessed its rise from a niche technology that powered microwave repeaters on isolated mountaintops to the robust business it is today.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:46:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Part III: The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed — The Juvenile Justice League

I interrupt the Justice Delayed series for something slightly different. The series has thus far focused on the challenge to EPA’s authority in the matter of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Today, I want to shift the discussion to a law suit filed in the federal district court in Oregon.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:46:00 GMT
Solar, Wind Power, Heatspring
Sustainable Women Series: Global Crisis + A Wealth-Creating Opportunity?

Boosting our economy — both nationally and globally — and solving humanity’s shared climate change challenge are not mutually exclusive endeavors. In fact, many of today’s brightest minds say they go hand in hand, and even make the case that climate change can be turned into a trillion dollar wealth-creating opportunity. A joint initiative of the Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business, Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance is on a mission to design innovative policies and financial mechanisms to scale-up the deployment of clean energy in the US and globally.


Wind Energy News

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:07:00 GMT
Solar, Bioenergy, Wind Power, News
Cuba Turns to Foreign Investors to Boost Renewable Energy

Nearly two years after presidents Barack Obama and Raul Castro announced a thaw in relations, Cuba’s communist government is turning to foreign investors to boost renewable energy as it faces cutbacks in cheap oil imports from Venezuela.


Fri, 23 Sep 2016 20:06:00 GMT
Wind Power, Opinion & Commentary
Bill Nye to CNN: US Offshore Oil and Gas Companies Should Pursue Offshore Wind

In an interview with CNN, TV and radio personality Bill Nye "The Science Guy" responds to the devastating flooding in Louisiana this August by urging offshore oil and gas companies to use their equipment and expertise to build out the U.S. offshore wind industry that is just getting started in the country. By contrast Europe had 2,488 turbines installed and grid connected by January 2015 with 12 other projects under construction, according to the European Wind Energy Association (EWEA). Once those projects are connected to the grid there will be a cumulative total of 10.9 GW in 86 wind farms in 11 European countries. This could easily be replicated in the U.S. and serves as an excellent business opportunity for the offshore oil and gas industry.

Listen to the entire fascinating interview below or skip to 3.56 to hear his call for action.


Fri, 23 Sep 2016 19:43:00 GMT
Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables, News
Wind Power Lifting Rig Builders Past Oil’s Downturn

Gulf Island Fabrication Inc. has for decades built hulking platforms to extract oil and natural gas from the seabed. With the collapse of offshore drilling, the company has turned to helping harvest another energy resource: wind.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 17:46:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Part III: The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed — The Juvenile Justice League

I interrupt the Justice Delayed series for something slightly different. The series has thus far focused on the challenge to EPA’s authority in the matter of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). Today, I want to shift the discussion to a law suit filed in the federal district court in Oregon.


Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:46:00 GMT
Solar, Wind Power, Heatspring
Sustainable Women Series: Global Crisis + A Wealth-Creating Opportunity?

Boosting our economy — both nationally and globally — and solving humanity’s shared climate change challenge are not mutually exclusive endeavors. In fact, many of today’s brightest minds say they go hand in hand, and even make the case that climate change can be turned into a trillion dollar wealth-creating opportunity. A joint initiative of the Stanford Law School and Graduate School of Business, Stanford’s Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance is on a mission to design innovative policies and financial mechanisms to scale-up the deployment of clean energy in the US and globally.


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:06:00 GMT
Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables, News
New York Unveils Offshore Wind Blueprint

Gov. Andrew Cuomo last week announced the release of the New York State Offshore Wind Blueprint — a plan to advance the development of offshore wind along New York’s coastline.


Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:37:00 GMT
Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables, News
European Offshore Wind Farms Undermine Carbon Prices

In shallow waters off the Dutch coast, you’ll soon see why the world’s biggest carbon market is struggling with slumping prices. Dong Energy A/S plans to build two offshore wind parks there supplying as many as one million homes.


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