Iowa Utilities Take Steps to Address Customers’ COVID-19 Issues

By: David Lynch | 03.23.2020

  Many of the electric, natural gas, water, and communications utilities serving Iowans have taken steps to address their customers’ utility service issues associated with the novel coronavirus and COVID-19. Typically, these steps take the form of suspending disconnection of service for nonpayment, although the details of these suspensions can vary. Early action was taken Read…

IEDA and IEC Financial Assistance Programs

By: Sheila Tipton | 04.17.2019

The Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Energy Center (IEC) have opened two new programs to facilitate energy-related projects in Iowa, the IEC Grant Program and the Alternate Energy Revolving Loan Program. The IEC Grant Program is a competitive grant program for projects that provide a benefit to Iowans who purchase electric or natural gas service Read…

HF 193 Has Been Introduced in the Iowa Legislature

By: BrownWinick | 02.06.2019

HF 193 has been introduced in the Iowa Legislature. It prohibits any “wind generation facility” or “wind energy conversion property” from being located within 2500 feet of any residence.  It is an important and far reaching bill despite its brevity.   The bill incorporates the definitions of these terms found in Iowa Code sections 476C.1 and 427B.26.  These are Read…

Financing Renewable Energy Projects

By: Sheila Tipton | 01.29.2019

BrownWinick’s Energy Practice Group is proud to have been asked to contribute the Iowa Chapter for the new American Bar Association treatise on Financing Renewable Energy Projects: A Global Analysis and Review of Related Power Purchase Agreements. It is a valuable resource for developers seeking to develop projects anywhere in the world. This guide provides an analysis of Read…

Iowa DOT Issues Report on Electric Vehicles

By: David Lynch | 01.10.2019

On December 31, 2018, the Iowa DOT released a report analyzing the potential effect of electric vehicles on the Road Use Tax Fund in Iowa.  Because these vehicles use no gasoline, they do not pay the state fuel tax.  The number of electric vehicles is relatively small at this time, so the impact on the Read…

Iowa’s Next Energy Frontier – Microgrids

By: Haley Van Loon | 10.19.2017

Living in Iowa, you have likely driven within sight of a wind turbine farm with its tubular towers sprouting up hundreds of feet above the local farmer’s crops, or noticed angled solar panels in tight groupings along some shadow-free earth or perched on the edge of a new building’s rooftop.  After such an observation, did Read…

Use of Microgrids During Natural Disasters

By: Sheila Tipton | 09.01.2017

The nation’s attention is focused on the devastation brought to Texas and Louisiana by Hurricane Harvey, but there is one positive development that deserves our attention:  the use of microgrids to ensure the continued operation of essential services in the face of natural disasters.  An electric microgrid is broadly defined as a local network of Read…