Tag Archives: Iowa’s renewable energy development

Pair of wind energy projects moving forward in Banner County

By Mark McCarthy, Scottsbluff Star-Herald

HARRISBURG — Two companies are showing renewed interest in wind farms in Banner County, and hope to have systems up and running in the next couple of years. Orion Energy and Invenergy LLC are both working on securing leases, conducting environmental assessments and conducting public surveys in the hopes of getting projects up and running. Representatives for both companies projected that there would likely be systems up and running over the next two years. Ben Turner, manager of renewable development for Invenergy LLC, said they are looking at a project of up to or over 500 megawatts, likely utilizing between 150 and 200 turbines. The company has just over 100,000 acres leased. Continue reading here.

Map Credit: World Atlas


In Iowa, clean energy advocates hope solar will complement wind farms, written by Karen Uhlenhith, Energy News Network

Iowa has long been one of the nation’s leading producers of electricity from wind. Now, the state appears ready to take a great leap forward with utility-scale solar. Invenergy, a major developer of large renewable generation projects nationwide, began construction in December on three solar arrays with a total capacity of 750 megawatts. It may at some point add three batteries with a capacity of 190 MW. The Iowa Utilities Board about a month ago issued generation certificates for the projects, which are in three adjacent counties on the Iowa-Minnesota border. 

Renewable energy can charge up rural economies

By Mark Mahoney, nwestiowa.com

Lucas Nelsen

REGIONAL—The Center for Rural Affairs is strongly supportive of renewable energy. Those words come from Lucas Nelsen, policy program associate for the Lyons, NE-based nonprofit organization, which earlier this year released, “Powering Iowa: Rural Perspectives on Iowa’s Renewable Energy Transformation,” a research report examining renewable energy development in the Hawkeye State. Nelsen explained why the center is in favor of renewable energy.
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For Iowa, buying local means using renewable energy

By James McCoy, Guest Column, Iowa City Press-Citizen

Promoting economic growth is a major concern across the country. Communities have organizations in place whose main function is to pursue that goal, like chambers of commerce and economic development councils. We have slogans like “buy local” to keep money in local communities where it is recycled through the community stimulating economic growth.  For Iowa, “buy local” means use renewable energy. Our state produces no fossil fuels.  Every dollar we spend on coal, oil and natural gas is a dollar sent out of state we have to work hard to get back into our local economy. Read more here.

James McCoy lives in Iowa City and volunteers with Citizens’ Climate Lobby.

Photo: 650-member Farmers Electric Cooperative Solar Farm located south of Iowa City and north of Kalona.


The Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future

The Governors’ Accord for a New Energy Future is a bipartisan initiative that helps states capture clean energy opportunities across the country and tackle growing energy challenges. States involved in the Accord will:

  • Diversify energy generation and expand clean energy sources
  • Modernize energy infrastructure
  • Encourage clean transportation options
  • Plan for energy transition
  • Work together to make transformational policy changes.
  • Secure a stronger national energy future

Governor-BranstadGovernor Branstad’s Statement on the Accord:
Iowa is proud to be the nation’s leader in renewable energy. We are first in the nation in terms of the production of ethanol and biodiesel. We generate nearly 30% of our energy from wind, and Iowa could be the first state in the nation to meet 40% of our energy needs from wind power by 2020 far ahead of any other state. And Iowa is a growing market for solar production. Our leadership in green energy not only makes us a leader in renewables but also powers job growth for many Iowa families. We will continue to pursue policies that will build on the foundation we have already for an even greener Iowa future.

Read additional statements here.