U.S. Department of Agriculture to Invest in Renewable Energy Infrastructure

By: Haley Van Loon | 09.20.2021

  The U.S. Department of Agriculture (“USDA”) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on September 9th that the Department will invest $464 million to improve the renewable energy infrastructure in 48 states and Puerto Rico. This program is designed to support rural communities, agricultural producers, and businesses. The USDA intends to prioritize a climate-smart infrastructure while building Read…

Gov. Reynolds Deputy Chief of Staff Joins BrownWinick

By: BrownWinick | 09.15.2021

  BrownWinick Law is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Paige Thorson as a member to the firm. Thorson compliments the firm’s established government relations, insurance, health care, and energy and natural resources practices. Prior to joining BrownWinick, Thorson served as deputy chief of staff to Gov. Kim Reynolds where she oversaw the governor’s Read…

BrownWinick Attorneys Named to 2022 Best Lawyers® List

By: BrownWinick | 08.19.2021

BrownWinick is pleased to announce that 21 lawyers have been included in the 2022 Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. BrownWinick would like to congratulate the following attorneys named to the 2022 The Best Read…

BrownWinick Welcomes Samantha Norris

By: BrownWinick | 08.09.2021

  BrownWinick is pleased to welcome Samantha Norris to the firm’s  Energy, Natural Resources, and Environmental Law Practice Group. Samantha brings more than 20 years of legal experience to BrownWinick, including having previously practiced energy law at a major Chicago law firm, serving as in-house counsel to a major electric and gas public utility, and Read…

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…

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…