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Iowa Legislative update - June 2, 2020

The Iowa Legislature suspended its session on March 15 as a precaution to limit the spread of COVID-19. But, this week, that suspension ends and the Legislature is set to resume on Wednesday. Though there’s not a firm deadline for the end of this unprecedented session, we don’t expect it to last longer than a couple of weeks, if even that long. The Legislature has a few key priorities to address including allocating resources from the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act and completing the state’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

Technology improvements, declining costs create a wave of new solar projects

The Midwest has a bright future in solar energy. 

A combination of residential, community, and utility-scale projects have led to a significant increase in solar capacity across the country. Additionally, improvements to technology have led to declining costs thus creating a wave of new projects and economic opportunities for states with substantial potential to generate low-cost, renewable electricity from solar.

Solar energy shines light on innovative rural development strategy

Across Iowa, solar is in the midst of an unprecedented industry boom. Installed solar energy has grown rapidly from two megawatts in 2012 to about 115 megawatts today, according to the Energy Information Administration. Meanwhile, there are several hundred megawatts worth of solar projects being considered by the Iowa Utilities Board.

Large-scale solar energy production coming to South Dakota

South Dakota’s solar industry is poised for significant growth as a result of two proposed utility-scale solar energy construction projects

The first of their kind in South Dakota, the projects in Oglala Lakota and Pennington counties have the potential to increase South Dakota’s installed solar capacity from less than 1.8 megawatts to more than 200 megawatts in the next two years.

More transmission is needed to link consumers

The electric grid in the U.S. was created to provide reliable electricity to consumers. Typically, this meant that most U.S. consumers relied on the grid to carry power from centrally-located fossil fuel plants to provide for their electricity needs.


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