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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, 26 Aug 2016 23:00:00 GMT
Solar, News
Colorado launches first low-income rooftop solar power project

The Colorado Energy Office, Energy Resource Center, and Colorado Springs Utilities announce the installation of a 2kW rooftop solar power array as part of the state's Weatherization Assistance Program.


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:58:00 GMT
Solar, Large Scale Renewables, News
Japan’s First Floating Solar System with Microinverters Installed on an Irrigation Reservoir

On a farming reservoir in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka prefecture, 1,200 photovoltaic (PV) modules cover the water surface to generate electricity and additional revenues for the city. Many floating solar systems have been developed in Japan, but this 300-kW system, which became operational this July, is a bit different. This is the nation’s first floating solar system equipped with microinverters.


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:28:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Storage, Wind Power
Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris

The year is 1878. The city of Paris is hosting the third annual World Fair, featuring the latest in fine art and innovative machinery. For the first time in history, 64 electric street lamps, running the length of the Avenue de l’Opera from the Louvre to the Palais Garnier Opera House, are lit with the flick of a switch.


Fri, 26 Aug 2016 18:57:00 GMT
Solar, Distributed Energy, Storage, News
Used Electric Car Batteries Get Second Life as Home Storage

Aging batteries from electric cars will soon find a second life as power-storage systems for homes and offices, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:44:00 GMT
Solar, Bioenergy, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Wind Power, Geothermal
Five Things You Need to Know Before the Clean Power Plan Oral Argument

The Clean Power Plan oral argument is coming up soon. On Sept. 27, attorneys will present their arguments in front of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:48:00 GMT
Solar, Storage, Opinion & Commentary
Senators Introduce Storage ITC Bill

Senator Martin Heinrich (D-NM) introduced S. 3159 to make energy storage eligible for an investment tax credit (ITC) under section 48.  The bill introduced last month would make energy storage systems with a capacity of at least five kilowatt hours, regardless of whether it was supplied by a renewable resource, investment tax credit eligible.  For instance, a stand-alone storage project that drew power from the grid would be ITC eligible under this bill.


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:24:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power, Featured Blog
Renewable Energy Was 16.9 Percent of US Electric Generation in the First Half of 2016

It’s finally happening. After years of research and development, of policy debates over subsidies and climate change and energy independence; renewable energy is finally starting to replace fossil fuel sources of electric generation across the nation.


Wind Energy News

Fri, 26 Aug 2016 22:28:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Storage, Wind Power
Moving Beyond the Generation Fixation: Grid Transformation Key to Delivering on Paris

The year is 1878. The city of Paris is hosting the third annual World Fair, featuring the latest in fine art and innovative machinery. For the first time in history, 64 electric street lamps, running the length of the Avenue de l’Opera from the Louvre to the Palais Garnier Opera House, are lit with the flick of a switch.


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:44:00 GMT
Solar, Bioenergy, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Wind Power, Geothermal
Five Things You Need to Know Before the Clean Power Plan Oral Argument

The Clean Power Plan oral argument is coming up soon. On Sept. 27, attorneys will present their arguments in front of the full U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.


Thu, 25 Aug 2016 12:24:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power, Featured Blog
Renewable Energy Was 16.9 Percent of US Electric Generation in the First Half of 2016

It’s finally happening. After years of research and development, of policy debates over subsidies and climate change and energy independence; renewable energy is finally starting to replace fossil fuel sources of electric generation across the nation.


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 16:51:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
The Clean Power Plan: Justice Delayed

In the case of the Fossil Fuel Industry, et. al. VS Earth, et. al., I find myself asking—not for the first time—is justice delayed, justice denied? It should come as no surprise that I am convinced it is.


Wed, 24 Aug 2016 05:00:00 GMT
Solar, Blogs, Hydropower, Wind Power, Storage
Hotels and Resorts are Pioneers for New Renewable Energy and Storage Technologies

The paradigm of power generation is changing, and an increasing number of decentralized small-scale cleantech solutions are evolving. For technology providers, the first reference projects are extremely important milestones of the market-entry process.


Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:07:00 GMT
Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables, News
Go-ahead Given for World’s Largest Offshore Wind Farm: 1.8-GW Hornsea Project Two

DONG Energy has been granted consent for development of the Hornsea Project Two offshore wind farm. Sited 89 kilometers off the east coast of Yorkshire, England, the 1.8-GW project will consist of up to 300 turbines. A project of epic proportions, Hornsea Project Two dwarfs all other offshore wind farms planned to date.


Mon, 22 Aug 2016 14:41:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Will the G20 Spur Post-Paris Climate Action? 3 Signs to Look For

The G20 meeting in Hangzhou, China, this September brings together leaders of the world’s largest economies for the first such gathering since the 2015 Paris Agreement on climate. G20 Leaders Summits traditionally focus on economic growth and financial stability, but since more than 190 countries collectively agreed to greatly enhance mitigation of the causes and impacts of climate change, the need to tackle a changing climate and foster clean energy has become a clear economic and business reality.


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