Clean Energy News

Energy infrastructure needs community input

Renewable wind energy has seen fantastic growth, generating cheap and clean energy across Midwestern states. The power of the wind is no secret to Iowans, as they’ve already worked to become leaders in the wind industry. Iowa currently generates 36 percent of its energy from wind, making it first in the nation for making use of wind energy. Investing in wind energy hasn’t just provided renewable energy to the state – it has also brought new economic opportunities to communities.

Iowa Legislative Priorities for 2017

Want to help us advocate for better Iowa policy? Tell us here!

The Center has long advocated for national legislation that benefits rural Iowans. Now we have relocated our Iowa office and we have become more involved with Iowa state policy advocacy. Check out the information below to learn more about our legislative priorities for the 2017 session and about how you can get involved!

Solar energy can power communities

As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, many Midwestern states are building more local renewable energy to meet consumers' needs. Nebraska has significant renewable energy resources with the third best wind energy potential in the country, and ranks 13th in solar energy potential. Despite this, Nebraska is still heavily reliant on coal from out of state and lags behind neighbors in developing renewable energy resources.

Solar can serve communities

As renewable energy development continues to surge across the nation, states like Nebraska are building more local renewable energy to meet consumer needs. Nebraska has significant renewable energy resources, ranking 13th for solar energy potential, but still relies heavily on fossil fuels like coal to generate our power. While we continue to import coal from other states, residents are missing out on the opportunity to develop energy locally.

North Dakota communities could feel a draft with proposed bills

Two bills proposed in the North Dakota house and senate would drastically change the benefits that North Dakotans would see from local wind energy development.

North Dakota is 11th in the U.S. for wind energy capacity, with wind energy accounting for over 20 percent of in-state electric generation in October 2016. To put it into perspective, that’s enough to power 597,000 homes, and the state could go on to develop enough wind energy to power 1.6 million average American homes.

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