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Monday, March 09, 2009

Blog for Iowa: Towards energy independence in Iowa

Excerpted from this post at Blog for Iowa

... For those of us who opposed the construction of new coal fired power plants in Iowa, the road ahead is not as clear that the path we walked to raise awareness of our issues with coal power. The work of challenging coal power plants in Iowa and determining what will be our "baseload" remains unfinished. The proponents of the Marshalltown and Waterloo plants abandoned their plans more because of economic conditions than because of the noise we raised to call attention to them. These proposals will be back in some form, when economic conditions are more favorable, when the regulatory environment stabilizes, or when legislators can be persuaded to change the rules. ... If energy independence will be based on a large scale solution, closely regulated by the government, then the electrical grid will need re-making.

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