DES MOINES, IOWA (August 30, 2023) — This week, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) kicked off the first of three public input and discussion sessions (“charettes”) to review state laws related to how utilities set their rates. These sessions will wrap up in early November and will result in a set of legislative recommendations to be considered in the 2024 legislative session.

DES MOINES, IOWA (June 26, 2023) — This week, the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) and Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) published Animal Feeding Operations in Iowa’s Floodplain: A Risk to Iowa’s Waters, a report that details animal feeding operation (AFO) construction and expansion in Iowa’s 100-year floodplain.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 26, 2023) — The Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) this week launched a new website,, marking the tenth anniversary of the state’s taxpayer-funded nutrient reduction strategy (NRS).

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 1, 2023) — The Iowa Utilities Board issued an order on April 27 setting conditions for MidAmerican Energy’s ability to move forward with the Wind PRIME project, which includes 2,042 megawatts of new wind and 50 MW of new solar development.

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 20, 2023) — In response to an Iowa Utilities Board order, MidAmerican Energy filed new public versions of two internal studies that show solar is the lowest cost path for achieving carbon free energy and that acknowledge transitioning away from burning coal is an essential piece of achieving this goal.

DES MOINES, IOWA (November 22, 2022) — On November 21, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Iowa Environmental Council, and Sierra Club filed joint testimony in MidAmerican’s Wind PRIME docket before the Iowa Utilities Board.

DES MOINES, IOWA (November 4, 2022) — On November 3, ELPC, IEC, and Sierra Club filed an objection to MidAmerican’s attempt to hide studies of its electricity-generating facilities from public view.

DES MOINES, IOWA (August 29, 2022)  The Iowa Environmental Council has released a report calling on state agencies to take action after nearly ten years without progress under the state’s Nutrient Reduction Strategy (NRS).

DES MOINES, IOWA (February 15, 2022) — The Iowa Environmental Protection Commission today denied a petition for rules filed by the Iowa Environmental Council (IEC) and Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) last year, ending a six-month review of the request to protect drinking-water from feedlots. Instead, the Iowa DNR announced at the hearing that it intends to address the questions raised in the petition as part of a broader rulemaking process on siting issues.

DUBUQUE, IOWA (December 13, 2019) — The Iowa Environmental Council appeared before the Iowa Utilities Board this week in Dubuque, Iowa, to encourage the Board to approve the Cardinal-Hickory Creek transmission line in order to facilitate more renewable energy development in Iowa.