Category Archives: Energy

On the Radio: GPC of Muscatine facing lawsuit over environmental violations


  This week’s On the Radio segment covers the state lawsuit against GPC of Muscatine for their environmental violations. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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UI Biomass Fuel Project


The University of Iowa is approaching its 2020 sustainability goals, one acre at a time. The UI Sustainability Office is moving forward to have 40% of burned fuels be renewable.

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Governor Branstad hails Iowa’s solar energy progress


During Iowa Solar Day, an annual event sponsored by Iowa’s Solar Energy Trade Association (ISETA), Governor Terry Branstad and Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey, said because Iowa is a leader in wind energy, we can use the same road map … Continue reading

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US reaches $5.15 billon environmental settlement


The federal government has recently reached a $5.15 billion settlement with Anadarko Petroleum Corp., the largest ever for environmental contamination, to settle claims related to the cleanup of thousands of sites tainted with hazardous chemicals for decades. The bulk of the … Continue reading

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Iowa Senate panel approves solar energy tax credit boost


A bill that increases available state money to encourage installation of solar power systems in Iowa has passed a Senate committee and moves forward to the full Senate.

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On the Radio: Iowa State University earns LEED certification


This week’s On the Radio segment covers Iowa State University’s achievements in environmentally focused building design. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript.

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On the Radio: Iowa Policy Project Report


This week’s On the Radio segment covers a report released by the Iowa Policy Project concerning silica sand mining in Iowa. Listen to the audio below or continue reading for the transcript.

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Muscatine using coal ash on streets to save salt


The city of Muscatine, Iowa is using coal ash on its streets to conserve salt this winter, a development that has some people concerned about pollution.

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Iowa set E85 sales record in 2013


  According to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association (IRFA), total E85 sales in 2013 reached 10,854,117 gallons, up nearly 20 percent from 2012 and an increase of more than 130,000 gallons from the previous record in 2011. The sales figures were reported … Continue reading

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Bill boosting solar energy development gets OK from Iowa Senate panel


Under this bill, Iowa’s investor-owned electrical utilities would be required to provide their customers with 105 megawatts of solar energy. The bill is aimed at bolstering Iowa’s solar energy industry, the Des Moines Register reported.  Tim Dwight, the president of … Continue reading

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