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.

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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Des Moines Looks to Alternatives for Climate Accountability After City Approves Long-Term Franchise Agreement

At Monday night’s city council meeting, the City of Des Moines officially voted to approve a 13-year utility franchise agreement with MidAmerican Energy, which will take effect in June 2022. This meeting was the final of the three required readings and votes on the franchise agreement, a binding contract that gives the utility access to…

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24/7 Carbon-Free Energy Goal in Iowa City Receives Broad Support

IOWA CITY — 100% Iowa City, a community-driven movement to make Iowa City the next 24/7 carbon-free energy city launched this spring to urge the City Council to commit to a path towards 100% clean electricity. After formally declaring a climate crisis in 2019, the City Council announced new emission targets, building on those established in its…

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