Category Archives: Energy

Iowa District Court reverses the Iowa Utilities Board and eases the use of solar power in Iowa

Update:  On December 4, 2013, the Iowa Supreme Court  set oral arguments in this case for Wednesday, January 22 at 1:00 p.m. According to the Iowa Supreme Court’s order signed by Chief Justice Mark S. Cady, each side will have … Continue reading

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American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (Fiscal Cliff Bill) Extends Wind, Cellulosic Ethanol, E15, and Ethanol Equipment tax credits

American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012, probably better described as the Fiscal Cliff Bill, extended several tax credit programs popular in Iowa and important to the continued development of alternative energy. Without congressional action, those tax credits would have expired … Continue reading

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RPM Access, LLC sells an equity stake in its Rippey Wind Farm to Google

RPM Access, LLC announced on November 15, 2012 that it will receive a $75 million equity investment in their Rippey Wind Farm from Google Inc. BrownWinick law firm attorneys, James Pray, Bradley Kruse and Philip Stoffregen represented RPM Access, LLC … Continue reading

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Speculation over what environmental initiatives the Obama Administration may propose during the next thirty days

With the election over, speculation is rising as to whether the Administration will use the lame duck session and the fractious fiscal cliff negotiations to seize the opportunity to rush through a number of environmental changes. Current speculation includes: 1. … Continue reading

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RPM Access Announces Closing of Construction and Term Financing for its Hawkeye and Rippey Wind Energy Projects

(Modified from an RPM Access Press Release) RPM Access has secured construction and term financing for two new wind projects currently under construction in Iowa. Rabobank and BayernLB will provide credit facilities in excess of $116 Million. Construction on the … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy Under Fire

Some well-respected publications have recently criticised efforts in the U.S. to grow renewable energy alternatives. Megan McArdle, a senior editor for The Atlantic, observes in a July/August article “the 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year” that in 2010 “we now … Continue reading

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Nuclear Power in U.S. – Brattle Group Report

I have paged through the Brattle Group publication “Prospects for a Nuclear Revival in the United States.” The author is Alan Madian. This document has a published date of February 2011. Since this report was published right before the March … Continue reading

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