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A win for solar in Iowa - Iowa Environmental Council

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Three positive solar pieces of legislation enacted in the past 4 years--with bi-partisan support

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Step forward for solar energy in Iowa

Step forward for solar energy in Iowa | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
A proposal that would have hindered access to solar energy has been withdrawn thanks in part to the action of the Council and its allies. Late Thursday afternoon, Pella Cooperative Electric withdrew a proposal that would have required members with solar panels to pay a fixed charge of $85 month - more than three times…
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Ruling is victory for solar energy

Ruling is victory for solar energy | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
Iowa Supreme Court justices delivered a win to solar energy advocates today, ruling that an arrangement between a company and the city of Dubuque to
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An important Supreme Court victory for solar and other small scale renewable projects. Our Environmental  Council was an intervenor in this case. Environmental Law and Policy Center was a key partner.

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Lights out for 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs

Lights out for 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it

Say goodbye to the old-style light bulb.On Wednesday, it will become illegal to manufacture or import 60- and 40-watt incandescent bulbs because of federally mandated efficiency standards signed into law in 2007 by then-President George W. Bush.The 75- and 100-watt incandescent bulbs were phased out in earlier stages, but the coming ban on 60- and 40-watt bulbs will have a bigger affect on consumers because of the bulbs popularity for residential lighting, experts said.


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shining light on a misunderstood law

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rrosenberg's curator insight, January 2, 2014 10:37 AM

shining some light on misconceptions of a good law signed by Pres. Bush II

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Renewable Energy in the Midwest « InfrastructureUSA: Citizen Dialogue About Civil Infrastructure

Renewable Energy in the Midwest « InfrastructureUSA: Citizen Dialogue About Civil Infrastructure | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
AMERICAN COUNCIL ON RENEWABLE ENERGY The Midwest’s remarkable renewable energy resources, vast agricultural land, strong manufacturing base, and leading research institutions have propelled the region to become a hub for renewable energy development.
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Federal Building Energy Efficiency Standards: DOE Kicks It Up a Notch

Federal Building Energy Efficiency Standards:  DOE Kicks It Up a Notch | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
Under Section 305 of the Energy Conservation and Production Act (ECPA), the US Department of Energy (DOE) must establish energy efficiency standards for all new Federal buildings.  DOE chose Americ...
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Iowa has a growing pool of architects and building designers working  in this area.  These professionals understand the multiple, positive meanings of the color 'green'. 

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Solar energy initiative wins backing of New York Senate

Solar energy initiative wins backing of New York Senate | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
solar energy initiative The New York State Senate has unanimously agrees to extend the acclaimed NY-Sun Initiative for an additional 10 years.
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check out  Iowa renewable energy proposals on http://www.iaenvironment.org/rEnergy/renewableenergy.php

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Home-grown solar reaps opportunities for Iowa

Home-grown solar reaps opportunities for Iowa | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
September sunshine provided the perfect backdrop last week for a solar energy tour attended by Congressman David Young and staff for Senator Charles Grassley. Co-sponsored by the Iowa Environmental Council, the Environmental Law and Policy Center and the Iowa Solar Trade Association, the tour highlighted innovative businesses in Polk County that are taking advantage of…
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Iowa’s largest solar farm in operation

Iowa’s largest solar farm in operation | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
Officials will celebrate today the operation of the Iowa’s largest solar farm.
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let the sun -shine in..in Iowa

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Koch brothers face an unexpected new foe: tea party conservatives

Koch brothers face an unexpected new foe: tea party conservatives | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
In their quest to cripple solar power and protect the profits of their fossil fuels-based businesses, the Koch brothers have run into an unexpected and potent adversary: tea party conservatives.
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The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push

The secret, dirty cost of Obama’s green power push | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
CORYDON, Iowa — The hills of southern Iowa bear the scars of America’s push for green energy: The brown gashes
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Forget Energy Efficiency, Think Exergy : Greentech Media

Forget Energy Efficiency, Think Exergy : Greentech Media | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
Can a new definition of energy consumption help unlock efficiency?

If we want to understand how to wring more efficiency out of our energy usage, we need to redefine energy use in the first place, argues a new study from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

Instead of thinking about energy overall, it is better to think about high-quality energy, or exergy, according to Skip Laitner, a visiting fellow at ACEEE. 

“What most people call energy, for example, is what physicists and engineers are more likely to call exergy, or high-quality energy that is available to do work,” he explains in a blog post. “Energy that is either wasted or useless -- in effect, energy that has no capacity to perform work such as the heat in the atmosphere -- is referred to as anergy.” Add up anergy and exergy and you get total energy. Capture that waste heat, however, and it becomes something useful.

Laitner found that just tracking energy commodities, for instance, accounted for only 80 percent of the exergy necessary to power the U.S. economy in 2010. By measuring and cutting the waste that it takes to complete a task, he argues, there will be greater opportunity for more useful work which can then in turn increase economic activity


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"Using those definitions, Laitner found that exergy efficiency has slowed considerably in recent decades, from a 1.4 percent improvement per year from 1950 to 1980, to a 0.4 percent per year growth from 1980 to 2010. The smaller rate of improvement, Laitner argues, weakens the nation’s larger economic productivity. But, if the opposite were to happen -- if the rate of exergy efficiency increased -- the total exergy needed to power the economy could decline even as work continues to grow."

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Utilities' Energy Efficiency Ideas Short on Savings

Utilities' Energy Efficiency Ideas Short on Savings | safe and sustainable energy | Scoop.it
A review of five-year energy efficiency plans submitted to the Iowa Utilities Board by MidAmerican Energy Company and Alliant Energy shows utilities are failing to deliver programs that will maximi...
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Our Council partnered with Env. Law and Policy and Iowa Policy Project, among others, to show how Iowans can maximize energy efficiency

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