Solar Energy in Iowa: Policies and Practices at the Municipal, County, and State Levels

This event took place on Tuesday, October 11 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the Levitt Auditorium in the Boyd Law Building. Organizers have uploaded videos of each panel, for those who would like to watch these panel discussions.

The Solar Policy Panels: At A Glance

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in person attendees at the Solar Policy Panel Series in Boyd Law Building

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virtual attendees on the live webinar

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moderators and panelists, from 7 different counties across 2 states

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Panel Session 1: Solar at the Local Level: How Can Iowa Support Customer-Owned and Community Solar?

9:45 am - 10:45 am | Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building

What local communities can and cannot do to support customer-owned distributed solar and community solar in Iowa.

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Panel Session 2: Land Use Considerations: Is Utility-Scale Solar Compatible with Current Land Uses?

11:15 am - 12:15 pm | Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building

What feedback is being gathered and from landowners, residents, industry, and other interests for utility-scale solar projects in Iowa.

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Panel Session 3: Statewide Solar: What Is Planned for a Reliable and Equitable Solar + Storage + Transmission Grid?

12:45 pm - 1:45 pm | Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building

This panel will talk about statewide solar issues – including issues of storage, transmission, and equity.

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Welcoming Remarks:

Welcoming Remarks were given by UI College of Law Dean Kevin Washburn in the Levitt Auditorium, Boyd Law Building.

Panel Session 1:

Solar at the Local Level: How Can Iowa Support Customer-Owned and Community Solar?

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Solar at the Local Level: How Can Iowa Support Customer-Owned and Community Solar?

What local communities can and cannot do to support customer-owned distributed solar and community solar in Iowa.

Panel 1

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Sarah Gardner

Climate Action Coordinator, City of Iowa City
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Kari Gehrke

Demand Side Management, Alliant Energy
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Stratis Giannakouros, Moderator

Director, UI Office of Sustainability and Member, City of Iowa City Climate Action Commission
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Travis Kraus

Director, Iowa Initiative for Sustainable Communities and Associate Professor, UI School of Planning and Public Affairs
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Tyler Olson

City Council Member, City of Cedar Rapids and President, SiteGen Solar
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Patrick Snell

Climate and External Affairs Associate, The Nature Conservancy

Panel 1: Solar at the Local Level Video

Panel Session 2

Land Use Considerations: Is Utility-Scale Solar Compatible with Current Land Uses?

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Land Use Considerations: Is Utility-Scale Solar Compatible with Current Land Uses?

What feedback is being gathered and from landowners, residents, industry, and other interests for utility-scale solar projects in Iowa.

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Nick Boeyink

Executive Director, Iowa Conservative Energy Forum
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Mark Crowl

Manager, Renewable Development, Invenergy
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Andy Johnson

Executive Director, Clean Energy Districts of Iowa
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Charlie Nichols

Director of Planning and Development, Linn County
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Shannon Roesler

Faculty Director, Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative
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Becky Soglin

Sustainability Coordinator, Johnson County

Panel 2: Land Use Considerations

Panel Session 3

Statewide Solar: What Is Planned for a Reliable and Equitable Solar + Storage + Transmission Grid?

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Statewide Solar: What Is Planned for a Reliable and Equitable Solar + Storage + Transmission Grid?

This panel will talk about statewide solar issues – including issues of storage, transmission, and equity.

Panel 3

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Jennifer Easler

Consumer Advocate and Attorney, Office of Consumer Advocate
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Steve Guyer, Moderator

Energy Policy Manager, Iowa Environmental Council
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Josh Mandelbaum

Senior Attorney, Environmental Law and Policy Center
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James McCalley

Anson Marston Distinguished Professor, London Chaired Professor of Power Systems Engineering, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Iowa State University
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Bob Rafferty

Executive Director, Iowa Business for Clean Energy

Panel 3: Statewide Solar

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Networking Reception

After the Panel sessions, the panelists, attendees, industry, faculty, and students participated in a networking session to continue the conversation.

Questions or Comments

For questions, comments, or concerns about the Solar Policy Panel Series or the Hubbell Environmental Law Initiative, contact Program Director Blake Rupe at blake-rupe@uiowa.edu.