Iowa is now the 11th most energy-efficient state

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Iowa moved up from the 12th most energy efficient state to 11th over this past year. These rankings come from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. Six criteria are used to rank the states: transportation, government initiative, spending and policies by utilities and government to encourage efficiency, building codes, combined heat and power systems and efficiency standards for appliances.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that Iowa’s commitment to energy efficient utilities propelled the state to their high ranking:

[The report’s principle author Michael] Sciortino said Iowa’s move from 12th to 11th is noteworthy for staying ahead of the general progress by all the states in such energy efficiency concepts as giving incentives to weatherproof homes, setting standards for appliances, encouraging combined heat-and-power systems, setting statewide energy-saving goals and supporting new “green” technologies.

Iowa scored high in utilities encouraging energy savings, Sciortino said. “Their utilities are very committed to energy efficiency, and they also have support from the (state) regulatory commission to really go ahead and do these types of things.”

On the Radio: Power plants put Iowans at risk for mercury poisoning

Photo from Environment Iowa's report: "Dirty Energy's Assault on our Health - Mercury"

Listen top this week’s radio segment on the thousands of pounds of mercury that escape Iowa’s power plants. For more information on mercury’s health risks see this post.

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On the Radio: Growing Iowa’s energy independence

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Listen to this week’s radio clip. It details the efforts of Iowa farmers to reduce electricity use across the state.

These days, crops aren’t all that Iowa’s farmers are growing. They’re making Iowa more energy independent too.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

This year, more than 400 Iowans have netted loans and grants, through the Rural Energy for America Program, for projects that will save and generate energy for farmers and businesses.

The projects include those geared toward wind energy production or updating or replacing outdated equipment to reduce electricity use.

One Black Hawk County farmer will install a 20 kilowatt wind turbine to power his farming operation. Another farmer in Monona will install energy-saving robotic equipment for milking.

It’s these efforts that will ensure Iowans a greener future.

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I’m Jerry Schnoor with the UI Center for Global and Regional Environmental Research.

Thank You.