By Mark Mahoney, nwestiowa.com
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.
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.
ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED READING
- Iowa city moving towards goal of energy independence, Midwest Energy News
- Iowa town’s municipal utility effort is financially feasible, consultant finds, Midwest Energy News
- Feasibility study sees over $5 million annual savings if local utility formed, Decorah Newspapers
- Award Ceremony Highlights Sustainable Developments Around Iowa, WHO TV
- Report Ranks Top States for Corporate Renewable Energy Procurement: Iowa and Illinois top the list, Greentech Media
- U.S. Renewable Energy Map: A Guide For Corporate Busyers
- Report: Connecticut, Minnesota follow California as top Commercial-PACE states, PV Magazine. New data says these two states are successfully funding solar through property taxes totaling $141 million over the past seven years.
- Parkland College could have its own 8-acre solar farm by later this year, The News-Gazette
- KCP&L, Westar ask to deliver $165M in annual tax savings back to customers, Kansas City Business Journal
- Exclusive: Trump’s coal job push stumbles in most states – data, Reuters
- Nike Takes Steps Toward 100% Renewable Energy In North America, Nike Press Release
- Apple accelerates US investment and job creation, Apple Press Release
- A Bipartisan Letter from Congress on Climate Change and National Security, The Center for Climate and Security. Led by Representatives Elise Stefanik (R-NY) and Jim Langevin (D-RI), a bipartisan group of 106 lawmakers released an extraordinary letter last week urging the President of the United States to reconsider omission of climate change as a security threat in its National Security Strategy, citing the words of sitting Secretary of Defense James Mattis to underline the issue’s importance.
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 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.