Iowa House Republicans are working on two bills this week that will shut down Iowa’s growing wind energy industry, which currently employs thousands of Iowans. “Over the last decade, we’ve built Iowa’s wind energy industry from the ground up and become a world leader in renewable energy,” said Rep. David Dawson, D-Sioux City. “The Clean Line [...]
To deal with a propane crisis that has more than doubled the price this week, State Representatives Joe Riding of Altoona and Todd Prichard of Charles City are filing an emergency bill next week to provide an additional $1 million to help Iowans struggling to pay for the huge increase in propane costs. “With temperatures falling [...]
Earlier this fall, the legislative Rivers and Waterways Study Committee asked for public input on how to protect Iowa's Rivers. Based on the amount of public comments received from Iowans across the state, plus the information received from agencies, landowners, and other entities involved in river restoration, the Legislative Committee studying Iowa’s rivers and waterways made [...]
What are your suggestions for restoring the quality of Iowa's rivers and waterways? A legislative Rivers and Waterways Study Committee has been charged with "developing recommendations for an initial plan to prioritize river and waterway projects and provide defined goals and measurable improvements" for Iowa's rivers. To do this, the committee has been asked to "consult [...]
A new biofuels pilot program called “Fueling Our Future,” has been created to assist in expanding the market for biofuels blends. Federal and state dollars will be used to establish more blender pumps containing E-30 and biodiesel at gas retailers around the state, giving more Iowans access to higher blends of ethanol and biodiesel. The Fueling [...]
State Rep. Chuck Isenhart (D-Dubuque) will attend the Midwest/Great Lakes meeting of the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators in Chicago, Dec. 8-10. Isenhart is ranking member on the Environmental Protection Committee in the Iowa House of Representatives. "Learning from colleagues from other states who are part of this bi-partisan organization will give us the ability to [...]
Today the Iowa House is scheduled to debate whether Iowa should build a nuclear energy plant. House File 561 establishes the regulatory construct and regulatory certainty that is needed for Iowa to attract the significant capital required for a nuclear facility. Read the Bill Summary here and the Amendment Summary here.