Iowa Ideas 2022

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Energy & Environment

Efficient, sustainable solutions for future generations.

    Carbon Dioxide Pipelines: Do they have a public benefit?

    A discussion on the science, evidence and potential impact of CO2 sequestration.

    Moderated by Erin Jordan

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 9:15AM

    • John Satterfield

    • Charles Stanier

    • Bill Caram


    Myths vs. Reality on Solar Energy

    A conversation for those in favor and opposed to the use of solar energy in Iowa with a focus on utility and industrial scale.

    Moderated by Brittney Miller

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 10:20AM

    • Sara Alden

    • Justin Foss

    • Sean Kennedy


    Electric Vehicles and Utility Grids

    Hear from early adopters, suppliers and industry components. What are registration numbers and how is Iowa in resource capcacity, charging stations, and supply chains?

    Moderated by Erin Jordan

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 2:10PM

    • Adam Jablonski

    • Marc Franke

    • Stu Anderson


    Siting Decisions for Animal Feeding Operations, Solar, & Wind

    Addressing challenges and balancing needs when it comes to CAFO&#39;s, wind, and solar locations.

    Moderated by Todd Dorman

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 3:15PM

    • Ben Lipari

    • John Robbins

    • Wally Taylor

    • Shannon Roesler


    The Big Idea: Iowa and the Mississippi River

    The Mississippi River travels 2,350 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. What is Iowa&#39;s contribution to the water quality of the basin and how is our state perceived by others?

    Moderated by Erin Jordan

    Held on October 13, 2022 at 4:20PM

    • Chris Jones

    • Michael Schmidt

    • Tegan Wendland


    Bitcoin Mines & Data Centers: How large energy users affect Iowa's power grid.

    Impact on data centers and energy used by larger consumers and corporations. What is the value to the public/state of these data centers?

    Moderated by Erin Jordan

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 10:10AM

    • Kerri Johannsen

    • Jim Martin-Schramm

    • JP Baric


    Extreme Weather on agriculture, infrastructure, and people

    How does weather impact the lives of Iowans and the future of our communities?

    Moderated by Brittney Miller

    Held on October 14, 2022 at 11:15AM

    • Gabriele Villarini

    • Aaron Graber

    • Dennis Todey

    • Mark Licht

    • Tamara Marcus

Energy & Environment Articles

  • When it comes to cleaning up Iowa’s dirty water, do we need to stop the insanity or persuade farmers and landowners to embrace a “new vision” for agriculture? That was the gist of the debate on an Iowa Ideas panel I recently moderated. Chris Jones, IIHR research engineer at the University of Iowa and one of the leading voices and researchers on ...
  • We all want the lights to turn on when we flip the switch and to have heat when there’s a blizzard and air conditioning during a heat wave. But American utility companies, including those in Iowa, are facing increasing pressure to slash greenhouse gas emissions in hopes of preventing the worst effects of global climate change.
  • The tall grasses that billow and bend in the wind between Melrose Avenue and the Finkbine Commuter parking lot on Iowa City’s west side not only are beautiful, but they help the University of Iowa toward its goal of going coal free by 2025. Since 2015, the University of Iowa steadily has increased the acres of giant miscanthus, a perennial grass...
  • Doug Berven doesn’t mind if the word “transitional” is used to describe ethanol as a fuel — as long as people recognize the transition between gasoline-powered vehicles and an all-electric fleet likely will take some time and ethanol may have a part in the future. “If ethanol is a bridge, it’s a very wide bridge and you can’t see the other side,...
  • It’s officially summer and many Iowans are hitting the road for their favorite lakeside vacation spots to do some swimming, boating or fishing. But how much does the quality of the water factor into which lake we visit?
  • Water is perhaps the most important thing in the world. Life centers on it. Our bodies are three-fourths water. We can't exist without it.
  • As derecho and COVID 19 impacts all, certain demographics felt the challenges deeper than most. Looking for resources from food, water, ice, and more how do we better our system for at-risk populations. What does the future look like as impact of increased energy bills from loss of tree canopy to socio-economic challenges? What do we need to do ...
  • Improving Iowa's water quality issues remains at the top of the to do list for many. But how to do it is a source of debate. We'll look at a few cover crop/manure research and upstream policy projects that are under way as well as discuss Iowa's latest efforts on its nutrient reduction strategy. Panelists include: Scott Nelson, Director of Agron...
  • In the span of an hour, the 2020 derecho wreaked havoc on the region's power grids, creating a workload that would normally take years to complete. What were some of the greatest challenges in getting back online and what lessons have we learned as we go forward? How fragile is our power grid right now and how long will it take to make full repa...
  • With a disaster taking out more than 50% of a region's tree canopy in just over an hour of time, how have other communities tackled the problem and what could recovery look like here? We'll look at what was done in Galveston, Texas, in Canada, and catch up with those who will be working on reforestation in Cedar Rapids. Panelists include: Shanno...

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