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PNS Daily Newscast - November 21, 2017 


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Public News Service - IA: Energy Policy

Iowa is the top producer of biofuels in the country. (Andreas/Pixabay)

NEW HARTFORD, Iowa - From Iowa's Senate delegation as well as from former federal environmental officials in Washington, warnings are being issued about where the Environmental Protection Agency is headed under the guidance of Scott Pruitt. Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, both R-Iowa, were to

The Dakota Access pipeline is to carry oil from North Dakota to Illinois, cutting through 18 Iowa counties. (Lars Ploughman/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Northern Iowa oil pipeline rupture is adding more fuel to the heated argument against construction of the Dakota Access pipeline in North Dakota. Cleanup continues on the nearly 140,000 gallons of diesel fuel mix that leaked from the pipeline Wednesday, just one day after Pre

Report calls for updated local regulations for wind-energy development. (Courtesy: Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - With Iowa already generating 31 percent of its power from wind, more per capita than any other state, a new report suggests regulations at the local level are needed to protect the interests of landowners and communities. While the clean, renewable energy and economic opportunit

The Bakken Oil Pipeline project still awaits construction approval from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Wikimedia Commons)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Groups opposing the Bakken Pipeline say despite the latest push to start construction this week, the fight in Iowa is far from finished. Conservation and community groups claim the pipeline would pose environmental risks and hamper progress for renewable energy in the Midwest.

Despite intense opposition, the Iowa Utilities Board has approved a permit for a new oil pipeline to stretch across Iowa, carrying nearly a half-million barrels a day. (thebakken.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Utilities Board voted 3-0 on Thursday to approve a permit that allows Texas-based Dakota Access Co. to build an oil pipeline across 18 Iowa counties. The proposed Bakken pipeline, which would run from North Dakota through South Dakota and Iowa and end in Illinois, is pro

Despite a new round of public hearings, one Iowa group still has no confidence in the Iowa Utilities Board's ability to render a proper decision in the Bakken oil pipeline case. (energyandcapital.com)

DES MOINES, Iowa - After four days of testimony last week, the Iowa Utilities Board on Wednesday announced it was holding yet another afternoon of public hearings tomorrow. The board even has reserved two additional days in March if necessary for further deliberation. But one Iowa group says it do

Iowa's biodiesel production in 2015 set a new record for the state. (renewablegreenenergypower.com)

JOHNSTON, Iowa - The Iowa Renewable Fuels Summit is coming up next week in Altoona, and participants will be celebrating the Hawkeye State's biodiesel output. A record 242 million gallons of biodiesel fuel was produced in Iowa during the last calendar year, well above the old record of 230 million

Iowa already leads the nation in electricity generation from wind, with the goal of reaching 40 percent of total energy production in less than five years. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa generates nearly 30 percent of its electricity from wind, far more than any other state. The goal is to increase that to 40 percent by 2020. Ben Hammes, a spokesman for Gov. Terry Branstad, said developing the industry is a benefit for the state's other economic-development

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