wind energy http://iowapublicradio.org en Farmers carry mixed feelings over wind energy transmission line http://iowapublicradio.org/post/farmers-carry-mixed-feelings-over-wind-energy-transmission-line-0 <p>One of the companies banking on Iowa’s wind energy industry is Clean Line Energy Partners, a Houston-based operation with plans to build <a href="http://www.cleanlineenergy.com/projects">five large-scale high voltage transmission</a> lines in the country. As Iowa Public Radio’s&nbsp;Durrie&nbsp;Bouscaren&nbsp;reports, one of those lines would traverse Iowa, and it starts in the northwest corner of the state.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 21 Oct 2013 10:01:00 +0000 Durrie Bouscaren 30848 at http://iowapublicradio.org Farmers carry mixed feelings over wind energy transmission line Iowa Business Beat: The Economics of Early School Start Date http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-business-beat-economics-early-school-start-date <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 11:05:07 +0000 Clay Masters & Sarah McCammon 27309 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Business Beat: The Economics of Early School Start Date Wind Energy in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/wind-energy-iowa-0 <p></p><p>Mid-American Energy is planning to invest $1.9 billion in Iowa to add up to about one gigawatt of wind generation, which could power 300-thousand homes. That means more than 600 new wind turbines are expected to be built in Iowa by 2016.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;gets details on the project, and he gets a broader look at wind energy in Iowa with both large- and small-scale turbines. We also talk with an ISU professor a grad student working on designing a different wind turbine tower—one made out of concrete.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:53:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 20956 at http://iowapublicradio.org Wind Energy in Iowa MidAmerican Energy Announces $1.9 billion Wind Deal in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/midamerican-energy-announces-19-billion-wind-deal-iowa <p></p> Wed, 08 May 2013 22:35:21 +0000 Clay Masters 20462 at http://iowapublicradio.org MidAmerican Energy Announces $1.9 billion Wind Deal in Iowa When Conservation Pays http://iowapublicradio.org/post/when-conservation-pays <p></p><div class="article-body"><p>Along the winding road to and through Grace Creek Ranch, a 25,537-acre yearling cattle ranch in central Nebraska, there are no houses in sight – no buildings, for that matter. Just acres and acres of gold and amber grass, punctuated by patches of sand and lines of barbed wire fence.</p><p>And that’s the way the owners of Gracie Creek Ranch want it to stay.&nbsp; Lindsey Price, a fourth-generation rancher, her brother Aaron and their father Bob recently sold the largest conservation easement in Nebraska history, covering about 40 square miles.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:12:51 +0000 Hilary Stohs-Krause. 12967 at http://iowapublicradio.org When Conservation Pays Iowa Wind Industry Leaders Praise Extension of Tax Credit http://iowapublicradio.org/post/iowa-wind-industry-leaders-praise-extension-tax-credit <p></p><p></p><p>The “Fiscal Cliff” bill signed by President Obama includes renewal tax credits for wind energy. Iowa is third in the nation for wind power production.</p><p>Wind energy companies here claim the incentives are essential for the growth of the industry. Harold Prior is the Executive Director of the <a href="http://www.iowawindenergy.org/">Iowa Wind Energy Association</a>. He says as the deadline approached without guaranteed renewal, investors were hesitant to start projects.</p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 13:01:54 +0000 Clare Roth 12823 at http://iowapublicradio.org Iowa Wind Industry Leaders Praise Extension of Tax Credit Romney, Obama Differ on Wind Tax Credit in Iowa http://iowapublicradio.org/post/romney-obama-differ-wind-tax-credit-iowa <p>President Barack Obama will be in Ames Tuesday. He’s likely to bring up the wind energy tax credit. That federal tax credit is set to expire at the end of <em>this</em> year. And the president’s opponent Mitt Romney opposes extending that credit. It's put Iowa’s top Republicans at odds with Governor Romney.</p><p>Iowa’s top Republicans--from Senator Chuck&nbsp;Grassley&nbsp;to Governor Terry&nbsp;Branstad-- want Romney to reconsider and give the tax credit a little more time.</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 01:36:30 +0000 Clay Masters 7032 at http://iowapublicradio.org Romney, Obama Differ on Wind Tax Credit in Iowa The "Rock Island Clean Line" and Wind Energy Tax Credits http://iowapublicradio.org/post/rock-island-clean-line-and-wind-energy-tax-credits <p>One of the limitations of the wind energy industry has been connecting it to the power grid. On today's "River to River", we hear about The Rock Island Clean Line, a project to deliver 35-hundred megawatts of wind power from Iowa, Nebraska, South Dakota and Minnesota to communities in Illinois and states to the East. We also find out what will happen to the effort if wind energy tax credits are eliminated.</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 18:19:54 +0000 Ben Kieffer 6774 at http://iowapublicradio.org The "Rock Island Clean Line" and Wind Energy Tax Credits