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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

Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:02:00 GMT
Solar, Developing World Energy, News, Storage, Large Scale Renewables
India Seeks Bids for 300 MW of Solar Projects With Storage

India has invited its first-ever bids for solar energy projects that include storage as a requirement as part of a trial program aimed at making the renewable resource a more reliable source of power.


Wed, 27 Jul 2016 12:00:00 GMT
Solar, Storage, In depth Technology
Solid-state Batteries for Sensors, Electric Cars and the Grid

The solid-state batteries that are on the market today are thin-film batteries, which, on account of their limited capacity, can only be used for micro-storage, for example to provide power for sensors. But as a result of innovations in materials and architecture, solid-state batteries may soon be used also for large storage systems, for example for electric cars or the smart grid. The development of solid-state electrolytes with high Li-ion conductivity is an important link in achieving that aim. At imec, a nano-composite electrolyte has been developed which can bring solid-state batteries one step closer to the market.


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:51:00 GMT
Solar, Storage, Wind Power, News
Schneider Electric Unveils NEO Network to Help Corporates 'Get Smart' about Renewable Energy

On Tuesday, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network, an online platform that it hopes will help commercial and industrial companies quickly identify and vet renewable energy and cleantech prospects.


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:45:00 GMT
Solar, Wind Power, Heatspring
Sustainable Women Series: Rethinking the Global Economy with Sustainable Solutions

In 2002, sustainable business guru and Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet” Hunter Lovins founded Natural Capitalism Solutions, an organization that helps communities, companies, and countries implement genuine sustainability solutions to change the way business is done worldwide.


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 14:44:00 GMT
Solar, Heatspring
Sustainable Women Series: Solar Power Ubiquity Through Training and Installing: GRID Alternatives

GRID Alternatives is a national 501(c)(3) certified non-profit organization that facilitates solar power implementation and energy efficiency projects between community partners, volunteers and job trainees.


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:59:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Part I: It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over — A COP21 Reality Check

The world is teetering on the brink of a clean energy sea change. The environmental righting of the global ship is motivated by a combination of factors including: growing acceptance of the reality of catastrophic warming; consumer adoption of clean energy options; incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices by industry; and, recombinant investing by the public and private sectors, e.g., through the Clean Energy Investment Initiative and green bonds. Virtually every nation on the planet—even the traditionally most reluctant regimes like Russia, China and India—has signed on to the Paris climate accords (COP21).


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:17:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Distributed Energy, Opinion & Commentary, Storage, Wind Power
Curbing the US Marijuana Industry’s Energy Appetite with Renewables Policy

As voters go to the polls this November, at least four states will consider ballot questions on marijuana legalization. Pending proposals in Nevada, Maine and California would authorize recreational marijuana use, while Floridians will vote on whether to allow medical marijuana use.


Wind Energy News

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 18:51:00 GMT
Solar, Storage, Wind Power, News
Schneider Electric Unveils NEO Network to Help Corporates 'Get Smart' about Renewable Energy

On Tuesday, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (NEO) Network, an online platform that it hopes will help commercial and industrial companies quickly identify and vet renewable energy and cleantech prospects.


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 15:45:00 GMT
Solar, Wind Power, Heatspring
Sustainable Women Series: Rethinking the Global Economy with Sustainable Solutions

In 2002, sustainable business guru and Time Magazine’s “Hero of the Planet” Hunter Lovins founded Natural Capitalism Solutions, an organization that helps communities, companies, and countries implement genuine sustainability solutions to change the way business is done worldwide.


Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:59:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Part I: It Ain’t Over Until It’s Over — A COP21 Reality Check

The world is teetering on the brink of a clean energy sea change. The environmental righting of the global ship is motivated by a combination of factors including: growing acceptance of the reality of catastrophic warming; consumer adoption of clean energy options; incorporation of environmentally sustainable practices by industry; and, recombinant investing by the public and private sectors, e.g., through the Clean Energy Investment Initiative and green bonds. Virtually every nation on the planet—even the traditionally most reluctant regimes like Russia, China and India—has signed on to the Paris climate accords (COP21).


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 17:17:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Distributed Energy, Opinion & Commentary, Storage, Wind Power
Curbing the US Marijuana Industry’s Energy Appetite with Renewables Policy

As voters go to the polls this November, at least four states will consider ballot questions on marijuana legalization. Pending proposals in Nevada, Maine and California would authorize recreational marijuana use, while Floridians will vote on whether to allow medical marijuana use.


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:32:00 GMT
Solar, Distributed Energy, Wind Power, News
Renewable Energy in Canadian North Could Save Enough Money to Pay for Itself

Adding solar and wind power to northern Canadian Nunavut communities powered by diesel generators could save enough money in operating and maintenance expenses to pay for the installations, while substantially reducing CO2 emissions in these locations.


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 14:12:00 GMT
Solar, News, Hydropower, Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables
UK to Support Centralized Renewable Energy

What’s the future of renewable energy in the UK post-Brexit? There are many variables to consider and the landscape keeps changing every day. However, an initial analysis shows offshore wind will be the biggest winner, while established technologies will have to fight it on their own.


Mon, 25 Jul 2016 12:01:00 GMT
Solar, Distributed Energy, Opinion & Commentary, Storage, Wind Power
PACE Innovators ‘Beat the Street’ with Explosive Growth in Clean Energy Financing

At a time when investors are skittish over market volatility, they couldn’t be more bullish on the economic potential of renewables, in particular a form of clean energy financing known as Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE).


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