Category Archives: Energy

Iowa’s largest solar farm opens in Kalona


The largest solar array in Iowa will host its grand opening today in rural Kalona, approximately 25 miles southwest of Iowa City. The array will feature 2,900 solar grids spread across roughly 4.5 acres. This is almost three times the … Continue reading

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Iowa State University researchers find new potential in miscanthus


Researchers at Iowa State University have discovered that Iowa’s soil may help miscanthus – a perennial tall grass – to produce higher yields of biomass than once thought. Iowa State Agronomists think that this Asian plant will not only provide a … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Energy efficiency under the Clean Power Plan


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at how energy efficiency and renewable energy will reduce power plant emissions under the Clean Power Plan. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript. Transcript: Energy efficiency under the Clean … Continue reading

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Imagine Energy Traveler available to RAGBRAI riders


The Imagine Energy Traveler – a mobile solar energy generator and educational tool – will be part of the 431-mile trek for this week’s RAGBRAI. The trailer has amenities that allow RAGBRAI riders and other patrons to charge cell phones and … Continue reading

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Australian engineering students aim to set world record for fastest solar-powered vehicle


Engineering students at the University of New South Wales have recently designed a solar-powered car that they hope will set the Guinness World Record for “highest average speed over a 500 km (310 mi) distance.” Members of Sunswift, the team responsible for … Continue reading

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American Ethanol team participating in RAGBRAI XLII


The 42nd (Des Moines) Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa – better known as RAGBRAI – kicked off on Sunday and this year’s event features a nearly 200-person team representing American Ethanol. This year’s route passes through “the heart of Iowa’s … Continue reading

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On the Radio: American Solar Challenge passing through Iowa this weekend


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at the American Solar Challenge, a 1700-mile solar car race that’s passing through Iowa this weekend. The race includes a car built by students at Iowa State University. Listen to the audio below, … Continue reading

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On the Radio: Carbon emission reductions under the Clean Power Plan


This week’s On the Radio segment looks at how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan will reduce carbon emissions in Iowa and across the country. Listen to the audio below, or continue reading for the transcript. Transcript: Clean Power Plan … Continue reading

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Proposed oil pipeline would run through 17 Iowa counties


An 1,100-mile underground pipeline would run from Lyon County in the northwest corner of Iowa to Lee County in the southeast if it properly clears hurdles by various regulatory groups. Energy Transfer Partners L.P. – a Dallas, Texas-based company – has … Continue reading

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Iowa plant first to produce cellulosic ethanol using fiber from corn kernels


A northwest Iowa facility has recently produced the first gallons of “cellulosic” ethanol using fiber from corn kernels. The Quad County Corn Processors plant in Galva has produced ethanol using starch from corn kernels for more than a decade and … Continue reading

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