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New transmission connects renewable energy

Midwestern states have great potential to generate energy from renewable sources. Renewable energy provides these states with clean power as well as several other benefits in the form of new sources of income for landowners that host projects or job opportunities stemming from construction, operation, and manufacturing. But, these new power generators require connections to the larger electric grid, which allow the renewable energy to be shipped across the region where it can be used by homes and businesses.

Rural Iowa school sets a shining example for how to reduce electricity costs

Tim Graber had just finished applying for a utility rebate for the new solar panels on his turkey building when he was struck by an idea: “Why couldn’t the school do this?” As a member of the WACO Community School district board, Tim was in the position to make his idea a reality. With the rebate for Washington County solar projects set to expire on Dec. 31, 2013, Tim, the superintendent, and a handful of other school leaders worked through winter break to complete the rebate application for what became the first school solar project in Iowa.

Wind energy setbacks are important to consider

South Dakota is fifth in the U.S. for wind energy potential. That’s enough potential to allow residents to meet their energy needs 300 times over. In fact, the state has already started down the path to realizing this possibility by producing more than 26 percent of its energy from wind.

Transmission lines and your health

Do transmission lines negatively impact human and animal health? Mounting research shows we have no cause for concern. 

To ensure safety, all electric wiring systems must be properly grounded. Small currents may flow from these grounding points, and are called neutral-to-earth voltages. Some of this is stray voltage that comes into contact with livestock and may cause behavioral changes.

Transmission developers try to avoid and mitigate stray voltage. Usually, this means siting transmission lines a certain distance from distribution lines.

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