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Thursday, 15 November 2012 19:47

Divided We Stand, Together We Move Forward

**Originally published in The National Journal's Energy Expert Blog

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

With the election behind us, let’s hope this is the end to an ugly era of polarization in American politics. Over the past few years, Americans have listened to political bickering across almost every spectrum of policy on the state and national level. Despite many differences between our two parties, bipartisan support for renewable energy is growing and policymakers should take note. Many different points of view are constantly being expressed on which programs and policies work best, but politicians should understand that Americans expect our government to bring more renewable energy to scale. If Congress extends the Production Tax Credit, one of the most notable renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, this will be a valuable indication that Washington has the ability to work together to achieve bipartisan policies for the good of the nation.

Monday, 19 August 2013 14:28

'Green' Jobs Up By 8% In Iowa

August 19 -- The Des Moines area’s trails, parks and other environmental offerings accounted for more than 5,200 “green” jobs in 2010, up 11 percent from 2003, according to a new analysis. >>View Article

Friday, 16 August 2013 14:02

The Need For The Renewable Fuel Standard

August 16 -- It's a critically important time for the bioenergy industry, and particularly the advanced biofuels producers. I'm a long-time supporter of efforts to diversify our energy supply with clean-burning, homegrown renewable energy. Iowa has been blessed with rich, productive soil and abundant agricultural resources.  >>View Article

Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:57

Solar Power Gains Ground In Iowa

July 31 -- Solar power is gaining ground around the world at "record pace," and a growing number of Iowans are also looking to convert their homes and businesses to the alternative energy, according to Bill Haman, industrial program manager for the Iowa Energy Center. >>View Article

Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:51

Wind Power Creates Jobs, Saves Money

May 29 -- Recenlty you saw on our Facebook page some important clean energy news. MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans to invest $1.9 billion in wind energy projects in Iowa. The power company plans to install 656 wind turbines throughout the state, adding 1,050 megawatts of wind generation. >>View Article

May 13 -- Iowa sits on no deposits of oil, natural gas or coal, but we were reminded last week of the fact the state is positioned well as a player in the energy game nonetheless. On Wednesday, Gov. Terry Branstad and officials of MidAmerican Energy Co. announced plans for the largest economic development investment in state history: A $1.9 billion wind-energy project involving the addition of 656 new wind turbines. >>View Article

May 10 -- A controversial wind energy tax credit made MidAmerican Energy’s big new project in Iowa possible, the company’s CEO said Wednesday. MidAmerican has been one of Iowa’s biggest recipients of federal tax money through the production tax credit, a lucrative incentive for those who build and operate wind farms. >>View Article

May 9 -- A unit of Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. plans to invest $1.9 billion to build additional wind farms in Iowa that would increase its wind generating capacity in the state by about half. MidAmerican Energy Co., Iowa’s largest utility, plans to build as much as 1,050 megawatts of new wind power plants in the state, adding to about 2,285 megawatts of projects that it already owns and operates, the Des Moines, Iowa-based company said today in a statement on its website. >>View Article

April 10 -- The Iowa Senate has approved tax breaks for electric and natural gas fueling stations and those who install solar panels.  >>View Article

Monday, 01 April 2013 13:53

Vilsack, Branstad Rally For Biofuel

April 1 -- Put two prominent Iowa politicians on the same stage these days, even when they’re from opposite parties, and an immediate defense of the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard breaks out. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, and incumbent Gov. Terry Branstad both used a ceremony at DuPont Pioneer’s research center in Johnston on Friday to get in licks in favor of the federal mandate that at least 10 percent of gasoline used in U.S. motor cars be ethanol. >>View Article

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