Posts under Category: Renewable Energy

  • Sites Named for MidAmerican Wind XI Project
    [January 16, 2017]

    MidAmerican Energy plans to build new wind farms in Boone, Greene and Mahaska counties in Iowa. The two new wind farms will be the first Wind XI project sites selected for construction. MidAmerican Energy plans to begin construction in April on the Beaver Creek wind project in Boone and Greene counties and the Prairie wind [...]  Read More

  • Ethanol Emissions Greener Than Previously Expected
    [January 13, 2017]

    A report issued this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says that ethanol may release has much as 43 percent fewer greenhouse gases than standard gasoline. This is an even bigger difference than previous estimates of 21 percent fewer emissions. Said Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, “This report provides evidence that corn ethanol [...]  Read More

  • ISU Researcher Wins DOE Grant
    [January 12, 2017]

    Dr. Zhangyou Wang of Iowa State University was recently awarded a grant from the Department of Energy (DOE) worth more than $330,000. The project will also receive nearly $68,000 from the Iowa Energy Center’s matching grant program. “Iowa is rich in wind energy resources, and already has a very high penetration level of wind energy. [...]  Read More

  • Iowa Energy Plan Now Available
    [January 3, 2017]

    The Iowa Energy Plan was released late last month and identifies key focus areas “that could positively impact Iowa’s energy economy.” An executive summary of the Iowa Energy Plan was also made available. These focus areas included: Energy Workforce Development – ensuring that Iowa is able to attract and train professionals to meet the state’s future energy [...]  Read More

  • U.S. Solar Installations Break Records in 2016
    [December 14, 2016]

    Solar reached new heights in the third quarter of 2016, showing record installation. According to GTM Research and the Solar Energy Industries Association’s Q4 2016 U.S. Solar Market Insight report, 4,143 megawatts of solar PV were installed in July, August and September of this year. The record-breaking quarter is largely due to utility-scale solar, which represented 77 percent [...]  Read More

  • Alliant Energy’s Wind Expansion
    [December 1, 2016]

    BY AUSTIN GOODE | IOWA ENERGY CENTER Alliant Energy is expanding in wind production with a new project that could generate up to 500 megawatts of energy for Iowa. The new project has the potential to power 215,000 homes. Alliant Energy is working with landowners in Franklin County near the existing Whispering Willow Wind Farm [...]  Read More