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Action Alert: Save Net Metering in Iowa

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) recently accepted a rule change from Alliant Energy, one of the state’s two electric utility providers. The rule, which will go into effect on April 1st, will negatively impact solar customers and reduce solar’s financial viability statewide. By accepting Alliant’s proposal, the IUB is allowing the utility to restrict Iowans’ energy independence and make it …

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I-Renew Pioneer, Don Laughlin, Home For Sale

The estate of the late Don Laughlin of Iowa City has put his custom built super-insulated, solar powered home up for sale. The home, a successful experiment in renewable energy and energy efficiency, is located at 827 Church Street in Iowa City (SW corner of Church and Governor). 

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We have another important choice in November

Important Note: I am an energy voter and #EnergyVoter were developed to counter the fossil fuel industry’s “Vote4Energy” message.  “Vote for energy” needs to be about electing leaders who can transition the United States toward solutions that will grow a new sector of the world economy to solve a global problem.

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Energy Voter Video example

Let’s elect people who will enact policies that will spur on the rapid adoption of solar energy technologies. Share your #EnergyVoter video to

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In Memory of I-Renew Pioneer, Don Laughlin

Don Laughlin served on the Board of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association (I-Renew) from the organization’s founding in the 1990s, and stayed active into the 2000s. I remember meeting Don at the I-Renew members get-together following the 2006 Renewable Energy Expo in Solon. I will never forget meeting him because he put me at ease right away by pointing out that we …

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Imagine Energy Traveler Visitors 2016

As the Imagine Energy Traveler demonstrates renewable energy and energy efficiency across Iowa, volunteers will be capturing Zip Codes for all visitors. This data will be used to apply for grants and so you can visually see where in Iowa the Imagine Energy Traveler has reached.

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Solar Jobs in Iowa 2015

The solarfoundation.org has compiled solar job statistics for each state in the United States for 2015. The following is a snapshot for Iowa:

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Save the ITC

Tell Congress to extend the Solar Investment Tax Credit   According to an independent analysis from Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF), If the ITC expires at the end of 2016, installed solar capacity is expected to fall by nearly 8 gigawatts (GW) from 2016-2017. Solar project levels would plummet from 11.2 GW in 2016 to 3.2 GW in 2017 – the lowest …

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Culver Center to Host Dec. 3 Program “Envisioning Our Energy Future”

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What if representatives of the energy industry, environmentalists and other experts were brought together to discuss challenges and search for solutions regarding the country’s energy future? Simpson College will host a day-long series of events on Dec. 3 that is designed to do exactly that.

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I-Renew Opposes Bakken Pipeline

On Thursday 11/12, I-Renew Vice President of the Board, Don White provided the following testimony during public comments at the hearing for the proposed Bakken pipeline. The Iowa Renewable Energy Association is a statewide 501(c)3 education nonprofit organization. Our mission is to make renewable energy the primary source of energy in Iowa. Support of the Bakken pipeline undermines this mission. …

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