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Business and Economy
6:05 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Iowa Business Beat: The Economics of Early School Start Date

Crowds at the Iowa State Fair.
Credit Iowa State Fair

    

The Iowa State Fair wraps up next weekend. IPR's Clay Masters talks with Sarah McCammon, who's on assignment with Marketplace, over the economics and controversy over when schools should start and how that affects state fairs and tourism. Masters also talks with McCammon about the energy stories she's done on Transocean, the company that owned the Deepwater Horizon oil rig that was involved in the BP oil spill three years ago, and a solar company that’s also ahead of its peers.

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Solar Power Court Fight
1:09 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Power Companies Spar Over Solar

Credit: City of Dubuque

Advocates  for solar power are watching an Iowa court case that pits a small Dubuque company  against the state’s giant electric utilities.    Both sides say the case could  eliminate  some of the barriers to solar power in the state.  

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River to River
1:24 pm
Mon July 16, 2012

Solar Energy

A new state tax credit is encouraging homeowners to invest in solar energy and people throughout Iowa are already using the renewable resource.  Ben Kieffer talks with homeowner, Steve Peterson, who has a solar system in his home, along with Dennis Pottratz, whose renewable energy company installed Steve’s solar system. Energy Program Director for the Iowa Environmental Council, Nathaniel Baer, discusses the tax breaks.