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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, 27 May 2016 14:14:00 GMT
Solar, News
Trina Solar Sees Shipments Rising Despite Slowdown in China

Trina Solar Ltd., the world’s biggest solar manufacturer, reported a sharp increase in first-quarter profit and said it expects shipments to increase in 2016 even as demand in China slows in the second half.


Fri, 27 May 2016 13:53:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, News, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Renewable Energy Job Growth Unique in Global Energy Sector

Job growth in renewable energies is bucking the trends across the global energy sector, Adnan Amin, director-general for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said on May 25.


Fri, 27 May 2016 13:19:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Renewable Resources Set New Records in US Electricity Generation in 1Q16

Defying all projections, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016.


Fri, 27 May 2016 12:52:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Teachable Moments in Next-generation Electricity

Seldom in industrial evolution do momentous changes occur rapidly, especially in industries like electricity that have been stable for decades. In electricity, we are at the brink of just such an inflection point. For students of industrial mutation, this is ‘whoopee’ time. Curiously, business schools and the economics profession appear to ignore the tectonic shifts.


Thu, 26 May 2016 13:51:00 GMT
Solar, Distributed Energy, Storage, News
Solar Project Gives Ray of Hope to Struggling Australian Grape Growers

A solar power project in Australia’s largest grape growing region is giving struggling vignerons a sunny alternative.


Thu, 26 May 2016 12:33:00 GMT
Solar, News
China Expected to Outperform Germany in Solar PV Capacity

China is expected to add new solar PV installation capacity of more than 19 GW this year, bringing the total PV installation capacity to above 60 GW, outperforming Germany to become the world’s largest country in terms of the aggregate PV installation capacity.


Thu, 26 May 2016 12:01:00 GMT
Solar, Distributed Energy, Storage, News
AGL Eyes Energy Storage for Australian Homes to Tap Solar Surge

AGL Energy Ltd. plans to announce a program within a few months to roll out about 1,000 energy storage systems for Australian homes with rooftop solar panels amid forecasts that falling prices will stimulate demand.


Wind Energy News

Fri, 27 May 2016 13:53:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, News, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Renewable Energy Job Growth Unique in Global Energy Sector

Job growth in renewable energies is bucking the trends across the global energy sector, Adnan Amin, director-general for the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA), said on May 25.


Fri, 27 May 2016 13:19:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Renewable Resources Set New Records in US Electricity Generation in 1Q16

Defying all projections, wind, solar, and other renewable energy sources set a series of records for domestic electrical generation during the first quarter of 2016.


Fri, 27 May 2016 12:52:00 GMT
Bioenergy, Solar, Opinion & Commentary, Hydropower, Geothermal, Wind Power
Teachable Moments in Next-generation Electricity

Seldom in industrial evolution do momentous changes occur rapidly, especially in industries like electricity that have been stable for decades. In electricity, we are at the brink of just such an inflection point. For students of industrial mutation, this is ‘whoopee’ time. Curiously, business schools and the economics profession appear to ignore the tectonic shifts.


Thu, 26 May 2016 23:00:00 GMT
Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables, News
Whirlpool Corporation amps up commitment to clean energy with newest Ohio wind power farm

Whirlpool Corporation announced plans to build wind power turbines to help power its Marion and Ottawa plants in Ohio, a $13.5 million total investment that will build upon the company's 46 year commitment to advances in sustainable manufacturing.


Thu, 26 May 2016 14:54:00 GMT
Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables, News
The Big Question Day 4: What Opportunities Exist for Technology Transfer from Offshore Oil and Gas to the Offshore Wind Industry?

The parallels between offshore oil and wind are plenty. Each technology requires anchoring heavy equipment to the seabed or figuring out how to stabilize it through flotation.


Wed, 25 May 2016 23:54:00 GMT
Wind Power, Large Scale Renewables, News
Minimizing Worker Safety Risks in the Wind Energy Industry

Like all energy sectors, the wind energy industry is one filled with risks. From testing and production of wind turbine components through to transport, installation and lifetime servicing of turbines, occupational safety and health (OSH) risks abound at every step of the process.


Wed, 25 May 2016 17:21:00 GMT
Wind Power, News
Senator Landrieu Suggests More ‘Common Sense’ Approach Be Applied to Offshore Oil, Gas and Wind Regulations

A key theme that emerged during the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) Windpower 2016 tradeshow was how people, companies and products are transitioning from the oil and gas industry into the wind industry. No doubt the downturn in oil prices and the show’s location in Louisiana are two reasons for the heightened interest in moving from one energy industry into another. An oil and gas lawyer remarked that he was at the show looking for a job in the wind industry because he was tired of the “boom and bust cycle” that has plagued the oil market for year.

With a five-year PTC in place for wind power, hopefully its boom and bust cycles are over. If companies can bring down costs enough by 2021, wind power should be well positioned to grow steadily into 2030 and beyond.

In an interview former Louisiana Senator Mary Landrieu said there is “a lot of synergy to be had between those industries.” She added, “some of the companies that I’ve met here are doing that transition as we speak.”

For years the renewable energy industry pointed to subsidies that fossil fuels receive enviously and one wonders if the transition from oil to wind will spur oil lobbyists to start lobbying for wind. Landrieu said that might not be as easy as it looks.

“If the wind folks are having regulatory issues well join the club because the oil and gas folks are having regulatory issues,” she said. “Maybe we can ask for more common sense to be applied with the regulatory agencies when dealing with both offshore oil and gas as well as offshore wind.”

One regulator, the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) said that it has recently broken down some of the fences between fossil and renewable sides of its organization.

“I would most certainly recommend for them to cross pollinate in the agency because on the ground offshore people are already doing that,” said Landrieu.

When it comes down to the bottom line is what matters to companies in the energy space, said Landrieu. “People are interested in making money. If they can make it from wind, they'll make it, if they can make it from oil and gas they’ll do that,” she said.

Louisiana has a long history in the energy sector and Landrieu doesn’t want to see that end.

“I would love to see Louisiana a leader positioned in the future energy revolution as much as we have been in the past and as much as we are in the present,” she said.

 


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