A wind developer’s dispute with an Iowa utility is part of a larger pattern of resistance to small renewable energy projects, according to advocates in the state.
Although Alliant Energy earlier this summer agreed to remove one roadblock to solar arrays in Iowa, it has been holding fast to another one.
A group of 12 cooperatives in southern Minnesota have purchased the distribution assets of Alliant Energy Corp.’s Minnesota operations for $127 million.
Iowa utilities historically have been tepid about investing in solar generation, but some may find it more enticing now thanks to an expanded incentive signed by Governor Terry Branstad on Friday and passed by the Iowa legislature hours before it adjourned on June 5.
Earlier this month Grinnell College formally abandoned its vision of building a 5.1-megawatt wind farm because the local utility said there isn’t enough capacity on a nearby substation.
An Iowa college that wants to cut its energy consumption says its utility’s rate policies are holding it back.
Critics say an Iowa utility’s efficiency target has been set low enough that it has little incentive to market a new suite of energy-saving options.