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Iowa to extend wind power lead as Invenergy plans 400 MW

By Robert Walton, Utility Dive

Invenergy will develop a pair of wind farms in Iowa, each capable of generating 200 MW, with construction slated to begin next year, according to Iowa Radio. The new projects by the Chicago-based developer in the northwest corner of the state are expected to be online by early 2020 and include more than 80 wind turbines at each location. Iowa generates more of its power from wind resources than any other state in the U.S. and more projects are coming.
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Wikimedia Commons Photo: Wind Turbines at Pioneer Prairie Renewable Energy Wind Farm, Iowa


Winnebago Reservation to add 1,000 solar panels

By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal

WINNEBAGO, Neb. — The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska is going green in a big way. The reservation plans to install 1,000 solar panels across 13 sites that will generate more than 300 kilowatts of solar power that are projected to reduce energy bills by about $40,000 a year . . . Additionally, Ho-Chunk is working with Nebraska Renewable Energy Systems to bring more green projects to the reservation, a list that includes replacing the wind turbine at Little Priest Tribal College, installing a solar panel farm near the Pony Express convenience store on the north end of the reservation, and more. Click here to read more, including the list of projects.

Shown is a rendering of a solar panel array that will be built on the north side of the Winnebago Reservation near Titan Motors and the Pony Express convenience store. Thanks to grants acquired by Ho-Chunk Inc. as well as matching funds provided by the economic development corporation, the reservation is slated to have 1,000 solar panels installed across 13 sites.

Solar is South Sioux City’s latest investment in renewables

By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal

Panels that are part of a 21-acre solar farm are shown on the south end of South Sioux City. The solar park produces 2.3-megawatts of capacity, enough to meet 5 percent of the city’s total electrical needs. Photo Credit: Tim Hynds, Sioux City Journal

In addition to the 5 percent from solar, future plans call for South Sioux City to purchase 7 percent of its power from hydroelectric sources, another 7 percent from under-construction Green Star Gasifiers and 33 percent from Florida-based NextEra Energy Resources LLC via the Cottonwood Wind Farm, a project currently under construction in Webster County. Once all of those entities are in place, 52 percent of the electricity used to power South Sioux City will have originated from renewable sources, which also brings with it significant cost savings, [City Administrator Lance Hedquist] noted.

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South Sioux City enters wind energy agreement, by Ian Richardson, Sioux City Journal

Solar is South Sioux City’s latest investment in renewables

By Ty Rushing, Sioux City Journal

SOUTH SIOUX CITY — Lance Hedquist sees a bright future for renewable energy in South Sioux City. The latest shining example of the northeast Nebraska town’s increasing effort to reduce its carbon footprint is a 21-acre solar park south of the city alongside C Avenue comprised of more than 1,200 solar panels. “We started up operation in January of this year,” Hedquist, the longtime city administrator, said . . . The city is working with the South Sioux City Community Schools system to also make the solar park a learning opportunity for the system’s 3,850 students. Interestingly enough, we are also putting in monitors in all of our school systems, so grade school kids or high school kids can see how much is being produced at any given time,” Hedquist said. Click here to continue reading.

Photo: An aerial view of the 21-acre solar array in South Sioux City, which now provides 5 percent of the Northeast Nebraska city’s electricity. Credit: Becca Feauto, Pulse Marketing


An open letter to President-elect Trump on clean energy


Written by Ron Pernick and Clint Wilder. Published by GreenBiz

Dear President-elect Trump,

For nearly two decades, we’ve been tracking and chronicling the transition to a clean-energy economy. While we know that we don’t see eye-to-eye with you on all of the issues, we wanted to send you the following “open letter” to update you on the clean-energy business opportunity, and what you might do as president to enable a massive infrastructure build out which supports American jobs and home-grown energy. Continue reading.

Ron Pernick is Founder and Managing Director and Clint Wilder is Senior Editor of Clean Edge Inc. Photo: Kaiser Permanente solar installation. Credit: First Solar

OTHER VOICES: Wind energy: It’s good business, by Debi Durham, former president of the Siouxland Chamber of Commerce and currently director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Published by the Sioux City Journal

Oregon To Transform Lakes Into Batteries To Charge Electricity Grid

PBS Newshour / NET, Nebraska’s PBS & NPR Stations

lost-riverAbout 5,500 acres of the [Swan Lake Valley] is part of Edgewood Ranch. Lauren Jespersen’s family has been on this land since the 1970s, farming about half of it and making pellet livestock feed. But like many farm families, the Jespersens are trying to ensure their futures by doing more with their land. “It’s hard to make a living in agriculture anymore unless you are an extremely large operation,” Jespersen says. Like a growing number of farmers on the sunny, windy eastern side of the Cascades, they’re getting into the business of renewable energy. For Jespersen, it’s an emerging niche of the renewables market: large-scale energy storage called “pumped storage hydroelectricity.” At its very core, pumped hydro is a giant water battery. Read the entire story here.

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South Sioux City approves hydroelectric turbine application, Sioux City Journal


South Sioux City deserves praise for diverse energy strategy

Opinion written by the Sioux City Journal Editorial Board


Earlier this month, the South Sioux City Council unanimously agreed to, along with Green Star Energy Group LLC, apply for a $200,000 Nebraska Environmental Trust grant for a proposed $290,000 turbine . . . Other actions planned or taken by the city include the purchase of electric cars for use by city employees, the purchase of solar and wind power and construction of a private solar farm. In a unique, additional step, the city will produce electricity for its Scenic Park campground by burning fallen tree branches, limbs and brush it collects along the riverfront and across the community. Read about additional initiatives here.

Photo by Justin Wan, Sioux City Journal. South Sioux City senior code official Kent Zimmerman demonstrates the electric-car charging station in front of City Hall in South Sioux City in September 2015. Electric cars for city employees is one component of the city’s commendable renewable energy strategy.

South Sioux City approves hydroelectric turbine application

By Alex Boisjolie, Sioux City Journal

To lower rates for residential and business customers and add more renewable sources of power, the South Sioux City municipal utility has spent the last few years moving to diversify its mix of wholesale power. In January 2015, the city council voted to reduce by 30 percent the power it gets from its longtime partner, Nebraska Public Power District, starting Jan. 1, 2018. The city’s contract with the state’s largest utility is scheduled to expire in 2021. Click to read more.

Photo Credit: Jim Lee / Sioux City Journal

Higher fixed fees in play as Nebraska public utilities cut demand growth forecasts,
Utility Dive
Scottsbluff solar project one step closer to reality, Scottsbluff Star Herald
Iowa co-op’s unique solar installation business expands outside its territory, Midwest Energy NewsA Twin Cities apartment owner bets big on solar energy, Midwest Energy News
Wind & Solar Aren’t Alternative Energy Anymore, CleanTechnica
In Minnesota churches, let there be light – solar light, Star Tribune
Top Solar Myths EBook, The Climate Reality Project
New $3.6B Project in Iowa Could Be One of Many ‘Mega’ Wind Orders, Greentech Media
Wind power helps U.S. cities go big on clean energy, Into the Wind, the American Wind Energy Association Blog

Grand Rapids brewery to make beer with solar power

By Shandra Martinez, MLive


GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Brewery Vivant is tapping the sun to produce its beer. There are now 192 solar panels on the above Grand Rapids brewery and adjoining pub. The 54Kw rooftop system is expected to produce 20 percent of its energy needs. The rest will come from renewable energy purchased through Consumers Energy and its Green Generation program. Continue reading.

Image: Brewery Vivant owners Kris and Jason Spaulding by the pub’s new rooftop solar panels. (Courtesy photo)

Duke Energy’s military solar project in Indiana moving forward, Charlotte Business Journal
USDA releases energy grants for 33 Iowa farms, businesses, Sioux City Journal
Bishop Richard Pates: Politicians should note Iowa’s action on climate, Des Moines Register – Opinion
Development of renewable energy is worthy of our support, Tri-State Neighbor – Opinion
2 gaming companies to leave Nerada Power staring Oct. 1, Las Vegas Review-Journal
Is Burning Trees Still Green? Some Experts Now Question Biomass, Iowa Public Radio 

Opinion: Power of wind continues to blow across Iowa

Sioux City JournalSioux City Journal
As we have said before, the wind industry is, from any perspective, a winner for our state. In addition to creating jobs (according to Durham, wind energy supports 7,000 of them), it helps keep electric rates stable for utility customers, puts more money in the pockets of farmers and other rural landowners in the form of lease payments, creates export potential and increases property tax revenue. Read the entire opinion here.

MidAmerican News Release: MidAmerican Energy announces $3.6 billion investment in renewable energy. MidAmerican Energy completed its first wind farm in 2004. Since then, the energy company has built 3,450 megawatts of wind energy. The company has invested $6.6 billion over the last 12 years building wind projects in Iowa; with the construction of Wind XI, that figure will climb to more than $10 billion in overall wind investment, all with minimal impact to customer costs.
Iowa leads the nation in wind power production, by Jeremy Dillon, Congressional Quarterly. Posted on LaCrosse Tribune.ComWASHINGTON (TNS) — Champions of clean energy often look to California and other blue states for leadership on green issues, but lately the state that is the king of wind power is a decidedly red one in the heart of Middle America. To be sure, Iowa’s success with wind was helped in no small part by its geography. Part of the infamous Tornado Alley, Iowa’s flat topography enables better and more frequent wind gusts. “The plains are where wind blows the best,” says Radha Adhar, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club.
Wind industry touts consumer savings, landowner income,  by Jonathan H. Harsch, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
Declining prices, stable outlook drive utilities, large companies to wind power, by Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
How to create electricity from thin air, by Greg Alvarez, American Wind Energy Association Blog
How Wind Turbines Work – Animated Infographic. (Click image to enlarge it).