The city of Bloomfield, Iowa is at least 10 percent of the way toward its pledge to reach energy independence by 2030 with the recent completion of a 1.86-megawatt solar array.
Supporters of an effort to create a city-owned electric utility in Decorah, Iowa, got a boost this week from a consultant’s report that concludes the move is financially feasible.
A Missouri state senator appointed last week to join the state’s Public Service Commission has aroused hopes among the state’s renewable-energy supporters. Ryan Silvey, a Republican from the Kansas City suburbs, was described by several people as being, at a minimum, open to more renewable energy in the state, which historically has done little to encourage the development of wind and solar energy. Missouri’s solar industry is enthusiastic enough about Silvey that at its annual meeting in November, it designated him its Legislator of the Year. “He’s been a phenomenal support for advancing solar energy in the state,” said Mary Shields, executive director of the Missouri Solar Energy Industries Association. “And he has an acute understanding of the importance of renewable energy and what it does for choice, and as far as providing some resiliency to the grid.”
Silvey said he is intrigued by advances in renewable technologies and the electrification of transportation, but said he is not “trying to eradicate fossil fuels.”
Out in the middle of Kansas, a rural electric cooperative and a couple of solar installers have found common cause in, of all things, a demand fee.
Missouri is the latest state where utility regulators are reevaluating outdated rules on customer-owned solar power and other distributed energy sources.
While proposed long-distance, high-voltage transmission projects continue to be stymied by hostile landowners and disapproving state regulators, a new transmission strategy is taking root in the Midwest.
The developer of a long-distance, high-voltage transmission line has asked the Missouri Supreme Court to rule on the project in the hope of achieving a faster resolution to the long-stymied project.
A Wisconsin inventor has been awarded an $825,000 grant to help bring an electric motor technology first invented by Benjamin Franklin into the 21st century.
One of Iowa’s two major utilities wants to spend – and charge its customers – nearly $1 billion over the next several years to modernize its grid, and advocates want to ensure that money is spent wisely.
In Iowa, a state with some of the highest demand charges in the nation, a solar installer is offering a storage solution that the company claims could cut power bills in half for some large electricity customers.