In the next five years, Iowa’s not-for-profit electric co-ops plan to invest approximately $79.6 million (almost $16 million annually) in energy efficiency programs.
Southwest Iowa REC will once again be offering scholarships for the 2015 school year to graduating high school seniors.
Governor Branstad has indicated this may be the time to change – and likely raise – Iowa's fuel tax to pay for the state's deteriorating bridges and roads.
Supporters of renewable fuels in Iowa say they are pleased with the announcement by the EPA to delay their decision on a proposal that would have dramatically cut the amount of renewable fuels required to be used in the country.
Three state agencies have submitted comments on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emissions standards for existing power plants.
In November, The U.S. and China unveiled long-term plans to curb emissions of carbon dioxide and other gases linked to climate change.
Republicans added four seats to their majority in the Iowa House and Democrats were able to retain control of the Iowa Senate. In the Iowa House, 15 new House members were elected.
Thanks to many advocates like you, Iowa’s electric cooperatives were able to send over 10,000 comments to the EPA urging them to adopt “all-of-the-above” energy strategies.
Southwest Iowa REC participated in a nationwide electric cooperative effort that collectively submitted more than 1.1 million comments from co-op member-owners to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
The USDA announced $1.4 billion in USDA loan guarantees to improve the delivery of electric power to rural communities in 21 states. The announcement includes $106 million for smart grid technologies and $3 million for renewable energy programs and systems.