Near Term Legislative Relief for Renewable Energy Projects Unlikely, Focus Shifts to Treasury

By: Sheila Tipton | 04.09.2020

  When Congress was considering its COVID-19 economic stimulus package last month, renewable energy advocates pressed for relief from the economic hardships created by the pandemic.  For example, supply chain disruptions and labor shortages are causing delays in the construction of wind and solar energy projects.  These delays will in turn put at risk the 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…

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…

8th Circuit Upholds Iowa City’s Rights Regarding Installation of Fiber Optic Networks

By: Sheila Tipton | 04.04.2018

BrownWinick successfully defended the City of Iowa City in an appeal before the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals involving the City’s passage of three resolutions to facilitate ImOn Communications, LLC’s (“ImOn”) construction of a fiber optic network in Iowa City that would provide only telephone and internet service.  Mediacom sued the City arguing that ImOn 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…

Houston Grocery Store Survives with a Microgrid

By: Sheila Tipton | 08.31.2017

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…

BrownWinick Involved in Building Energy’s First Wind Farm in Iowa

By: Sheila Tipton | 05.19.2017

Building Energy, through its subsidiary Building Energy Wind Iowa, announced the completion of its first U.S. wind farm (“Project”) in Iowa, on Wednesday, May 3, 2017.  Building Energy is a global renewable energy company with its firm headquarters in Milan, Italy. The Project will have the first turbines in the state with three megawatts of Read…