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Alliant Energy to eliminate coal generation in Iowa and Michigan, invest $2 billion in renewables

Utility Dive: Alliant Energy on Thursday issued its Corporate Sustainability Report (CSR), revealing a plan to eliminate coal use and cut emissions 80% by 2050. The company will spend more than $2 billion on new renewable energy, and will double its number of wind sites from six to a dozen. Renewables will make up more […]

August 3, 2018 Read More →

Unable to compete with wind, Iowa nuclear plant will close five years ahead of schedule

Utility Dive: NextEra Energy will close its 601 MW Duane Arnold nuclear plant in Iowa in late 2020 after reaching an agreement with utility Alliant to end its power purchase agreement (PPA) with the plant five years early. Nuclear plants in the U.S. are under pressure from cheap natural gas and renewables, forcing many to […]

July 30, 2018 Read More →

MidAmerican Plans for 100% Wind by 2021

Des Moines Register: MidAmerican Energy said Wednesday it plans to invest $922 million in added wind-power capacity, equaling as much renewable energy as its customers use. “If the project is approved, it will allow our customers to get 100 percent of their annual energy use from a clean, renewable and cost-effective source,” said Adam Wright, […]

June 1, 2018 Read More →

Wind Farms Are a Good Deal for Local Communities—Moody’s

Reuters: Wind farms have boosted local tax bases and generated new revenue as they expand across the United States, especially for rural areas, Moody’s Investors Service said in a report on Monday. “What we’re seeing is wind farms generate new operating revenues, lower the tax burden for local residents,” Moody’s analyst Frank Mamo told Reuters. […]

May 8, 2018 Read More →

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 →