A recent ruling by Iowa regulators has the clean-energy community worried that nearly a half-million customers in the state could find solar power to be financially unworkable as a result.
Wind farms are cropping up close to a network of transmission lines coming to fruition in several Midwestern states, bearing out the wisdom that where there is transmission capacity to spare, wind farms will follow.
Iowa, followed by Illinois, topped a ranking released Tuesday by the nation’s retail and tech sectors urging state governments to lower barriers to the further development of renewable energy. Ohio came in 8th.
An electric co-op serving a few counties in northeast Iowa intends to revamp its net-metering policy in a few weeks in a way that appears likely to undermine a fledgling effort to increase rooftop solar there.
Cities and agricultural regions burdened with substantial organic waste and nutrient runoff could potentially convert their pollution into profitable industries that would both produce clean fuel and improve water quality, according to an Iowa consultant.
The wind resource in Iowa is so productive and the cost of wind energy has been falling so precipitously that the value of wind now far exceeds its cost there, according to a industry study released this week.
Illinois lawmakers have adopted new interconnection standards that will make the solar siting and installation process significantly quicker and cheaper, clean energy advocates and utilities say.
Iowa’s two largest electricity providers have submitted new rate structures for customers with solar panels, but the proposals don’t appear to meet regulators’ goal for encouraging distributed generation.
While many larger utilities push back against customer-owned solar, a small rural cooperative in Iowa is taking a different approach.
The largest proposed wind energy project in Iowa’s history appears to be back on track this week after a tense period when it seemed the deal might fall apart over differences between a utility and large energy users.