Blog Posts & Stories

The latest news, stories, & perspectives behind Iowa’s clean energy movement.

Blog Posts & Stories

The latest news, stories, & perspectives behind Iowa’s clean energy movement.

No Sweat: Wind Pulled its Weight in Steamy Midwest Summer

We started the summer with regional grid operator MISO warning of rolling blackouts in early May of 2022. In this paper, we took apart those warnings and explained the real reasons for capacity shortages. In June, Iowa and much of the Upper Midwest experienced heat waves, including multiple days with temperatures in the upper 90s, but avoided outages. Fresh…

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Waterloo Adopts Ambitious 24/7 Carbon-Free Electricity Goal

WATERLOO — Tonight the Waterloo City Council voted unanimously to adopt a goal of reaching community-wide carbon-free electricity by the year 2035. With the resolution’s passage, Waterloo joins Des Moines as the second city in Iowa to commit to 24/7 carbon-free electricity, and the fourth nationwide. Waterloo resident speaks in favor of the resolution during public…

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Des Moines’ Cooperation Statement with MidAmerican: What’s promised and what’s missing?

On May 23, 2022, the Des Moines City Council had its third and final reading of the newly negotiated electric and gas franchise agreements with MidAmerican Energy. The agreements passed each of the three required readings with a 5–1 vote, with one council member recused from the vote. These new franchise agreements, spanning thirteen years,…

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