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IEC Reacts: MidAmerican Energy announces 100% clean energy for Iowa, but still runs six Iowa coal plants

MidAmerican Energy recently released a news statement claiming to have served Iowans with 100% renewable energy in 2022. The news release did not mention the six coal plants that MidAmerican Energy owns in Iowa.

While publicly touting a 100% renewable energy vision through these media statements and paid advertising using ratepayer dollars, MidAmerican Energy is operating one of the largest coal fleets in the country. Nearly a quarter of the utility's energy generation (23%) still comes from coal.

Although MidAmerican has invested in low-cost wind energy and grown its renewable energy portfolio, the utility has not retired older, more costly generation. This has led to an overproduction of energy that generates profits for the utility at the expense of Iowa ratepayers. In 2022 alone, 38% of MidAmerican's energy generation was sold to other utilities while polluting Iowa's skies, waterways, and farmland.

Read the full press release in IEC's newsroom. Then learn more about  our campaign to Flip the Switch, where we dig deeper into utility planning and how it impacts our energy rates, and show you what you can do to ensure Iowa utilities provide clean, reliable generation at fair, reasonable rates.  


MidAm 2022 generation report from IEC's 2023 Condition of the State 

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Iowa Energy News 

IUB approves more solar generation for Alliant Energy

After initially facing a denial from the Iowa Utilities Board, Alliant energyhas approval to construct two solar additional projects totaling 200 megawatts.

The solar fields are located near Creston and Wever, and come after the initial denial and later approval of a similar sized project at the Duane Arnold facility north of Cedar Rapids earlier this year.

You can read more about this from Brittney J. Miller at the Gazette.

Clean Up MidAm Hiring Sioux City Organizer 

Do you want to be a part of an effective coalition making a difference for the health of Iowans and our environment?

Clean Up Midam, an IEC-led coalition, is seeking a local organizer to work in the Sioux City region, assisting with community organizing and campaign activities that build a community-based movement calling for a just transition from polluting coal power to clean energy.

Learn more about position and  how to apply!

Legislators Learn about a Solar Project in Ottumwa

IEC Hosts Rural Solar Power Legislator Tours in SE Iowa

State legislators joined solar entrepreneurs and union electricians for tours in Burlington and Ottumwa earlier this month, visiting solar energy projects at schools, a grocery store, a church, and a machine shop, as well as a local home that had benefited from energy-efficiency upgrades.

Legislators heard from the businesses and workers who built the projects as well as the owners, who spoke highly of how solar was slashing their energy costs. Read the full story on IEC's blog.

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Watch Now: "You have a moral obligation to discontinue burning fossil fuels"

Clean Up MidAm released a new video featuring Warren Varley, whose family has farmed in Adair County for six generations. He has three wind turbines on his property, and calls on MidAmerican to close their coal plants as a moral duty to provide a healthy environment for the next six generations. Learn how you can help demand a sustainable future for Iowa!

Upcoming IEC Events

Join us for IEC's 3rd annual Wild & Scenic Film Fest on Sunday, 11/5!

Be inspired by exciting and insightful short films and a panel discussion featuring local Iowans on clean energy, environmental protection, clean water, and more.  

Explore the film list and our new ticket pricing for 2023, then get your tickets to join us at the Varsity Cinema on 11/5!

Upcoming Energy Events

10/30-11/3: Justice Week 2023, US Department of Energy, Online

11/5: Wild & Scenic Film Festival, Varsity Cinema, Des Moines

11/6: Powering Change: Challenges and Solutions for a Clean Energy Future, Iowa City

11/7 - 11/8: 2023 Iowa Energy Summit, IAEE - Altoona

11/8: Coffee with Clean Up MidAm, Smokey Row Coffee, Des Moines

11/16: Justice40 Leadership Bootcamp, MWBC, Virtual

Have an relevant event we don't have listed here? Submit an event for our Event Calendar.

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