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Iowa’s MidAmerican Continues Push to 100% Renewables

GreenBiz: Falling prices for solar and wind power, and support from customers, is helping the Iowa utility owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway gain on its goal of generating 100 percent renewable energy for its customers, a company executive said. MidAmerican Energy, one of four utilities that Berkshire owns, is in one of the windiest places […]

April 18, 2018 Read More →

Commentary: Iowa, Wind-Generation Powerhouse, Can be a Solar Force Too

Cedar Rapids Gazette: Iowa is well known for its robust wind industry, which supports thousands of jobs, contributes to economic activity throughout the state and provides Iowa families and businesses with some of the lowest electricity rates in the Midwest. That strong growth is a testament to smart and effective actions by state leaders. Many […]

March 7, 2018 Read More →

Iowa Governor: Our Red State Has a Proven Blueprint for the Transition to Wind-Powered Electricity

The Hill: Back in the 1980s, we enacted the nation’s first law incentivizing utilities that bought more renewable power. That began decades of innovation and investment in Iowa’s energy sector. Fast forward to today where we’re now reaping the rewards: low-cost electricity, new jobs and support for rural communities. Last year, nearly 37 percent of […]

August 8, 2017 Read More →

Trump Putdown of Wind Energy Stirs a Backlash in Iowa

 Washington Post: President Trump’s putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation. Trump was talking up his support for coal during his speech in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday night when he said: “I don’t want to […]

June 23, 2017 Read More →

Red States Lead Boom in U.S. Renewables

New York Times: Some of the fastest progress on clean energy is occurring in states led by Republican governors and legislators, and states carried by Donald J. Trump in the presidential election. The five states that get the largest percentage of their power from wind turbines — Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Oklahoma and North Dakota […]

June 8, 2017 Read More →

Biggest U.S. Wind Buyer Xcel Sees ‘No Problem With Reliability,’ CEO Says

SNL: Xcel Energy Inc., the most prolific purchaser of wind energy in the United States, has experienced “no problem with reliability,” Ben Fowke, the utility’s chairman, president and CEO, said May 24, despite supplying up to 67% of its power mix in Colorado with wind-generated electricity. Xcel’s service territory spans eight Western and Midwestern states, […]

May 25, 2017 Read More →

From the Heartland, Republican Pushback Against Trump’s ‘Hastily Developed’ Electricity-Grid Campaign

Reuters: Iowa’s Republican senator on Wednesday raised concerns that U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has commissioned a “hastily developed” study of the reliability of the electric grid that appears “geared to undermine” the wind energy industry. In a letter sent to Perry, Senator Chuck Grassley asked a series of questions about the 60-day study he […]

May 18, 2017 Read More →

The Midwest Wind Boom (Iowa, Kansas, North and South Dakota, Oklahoma)

Midwest Energy News: Wind power represents more than 80 percent of the new electricity generating capacity built in the Midwest and Great Plains states over the past five years as the industry continues to grow, according to a report released today. The American Wind Energy Association’s annual 2016 report notes that two states in the […]

April 20, 2017 Read More →

Xcel Energy Sees Expansion of Wind Assets Through Upper Midwest

Utility Dive: Xcel Energy wants to add 1,550 MW of wind energy to its system through a mixture of power purchase agreements and utility-owned projects that will increase the company’s wind portfolio 60% and provide power for more than 800,000. The investment, which Xcel first announced last year, should help the utility deliver more than […]

March 17, 2017 Read More →

A New Spot Record for Wind Generation: 52.1% Grid Penetration Across Central U.S.

Scott DiSavino for Reuters: Wind briefly powered more than 50 percent of electric demand on Sunday, the 14-state Southwest Power Pool (SPP) said, for the first time on any North American power grid. SPP coordinates the flow of electricity on the high voltage power lines from Montana and North Dakota to New Mexico, Texas and […]

February 16, 2017 Read More →