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Dude, our U.S. Senator just quoted you; Grassley uses Ashton Kutcher’s words and visual aid in floor speech (see pic/video) September 24, 2008

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The Raw Story:

[P]erhaps unwittingly, Grassley was on a roll with the stoner allusions, including a glance at the 2000 movie “Dude, Where’s My Car?” starring Iowa native Ashton Kutcher, which follows the travails of two potheads who can’t remember where, um, they left their car. After finishing with the [Pink Floyd Dark Side of the Moon] prism analogy, Grassley went on to talk about energy conservation, noting that many public officials have air-conditioned cars idling while waiting for them at curbs, wasting gas. Grassley proudly noted that he drives his own car, thank you very much, including a Ford Taurus he keeps in Iowa.

“If you do see anyone else driving my car, please call the police, because someone has stolen my car,” he said. “I’d like to refer to Ashton Kutcher here, from Cedar Rapids, Iowa, saying ‘dude, where’s my car?’” …

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Would you wear a solar powered tie that charges cell phone? Developed by Iowa State University inventors August 20, 2008

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From blog at WIRED:

Researchers at Iowa State University have glued solar panels onto the symbol of male corporate oppression and hooked it up to a Nokia phone, which sits in a handy pocket at the back of the tie. …

The tie outputs 3.6 volts in full sun, enough to keep the Nokia battery topped up. And because the phone isn’t actually running off the tie’s power, even lesser light sources will allow some trickle-charging. …

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Some Clipper Windpower towers in 2009-10 may be length of football field June 4, 2008

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Wind powered turbines provide reliable sources of electrical generation in conjunction with other methods of producing power.

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Clipper Windpower manufactures turbines in Cedar Rapids. The tower supplier is Northstar Wind Towers, based just north of Omaha.

From SustainableBusiness.com:

Clipper Windpower Plc (CWP.L) has entered into a design agreement with Northstar Wind Towers for a tower design option that enables taller wind turbine towers in the range of 80 to 120 meters.

Northstar will produce a tower design certified by Germanischer Lloyd for utilization with Clipper’s 2.5-megawatt (MW) Liberty wind turbine. The taller tower will be an option that will become available for turbine sales in the 2009-2010 timeframe. …

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Application filed for ‘Coralville Lake Hydropower Project’ March 13, 2008

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From Federal Energy Regulatory Commission:


(March 6, 2008)

Take notice that the following hydroelectric applications have been filed with the Commission and are available for public inspection:

a. Type of Application: Preliminary Permit

b. Project No.: P-13100-000

c. Date Filed: January 23, 2008

d. Applicant: Midriver Power L. L. C.

e. Name of the Project: Coralville Lake Hydropower Project

f. Location: The project would be located on the Iowa River in Johnson County, Iowa. The Coralville Lake Dam is owned and maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. …

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Minnesota approves sale of Interstate Power & Light transmission assets to ITC Midwest December 19, 2007

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From Alliant Energy release:

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa — Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corporation (NYSE: LNT) received today an oral decision from the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission (MPUC) regarding the sale of the company’s transmission assets to ITC Midwest LLC (ITC Midwest), a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp.  NYSE: ITC).

In its oral decision, the MPUC approved the transaction. The MPUC determined that the sale of IPL’s transmission assets would provide benefits to IPL’s 44,000 Minnesota electric customers. The MPUC’s determination was made effective today.

    With the MPUC’s decision, IPL has received all appropriate state and federal regulatory approvals.

C.R.-based Interstate Power and Light acquires wind development site December 13, 2007

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Appearing in St. Louis Business Journal:

Interstate Power and Light Co. (IPL) announced it acquired a wind development site in north central Iowa for an undisclosed amount from St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group LLC.

The Buffalo Creek Wind Farm in Franklin County, Iowa, has the potential to produce up to 200 megawatts of emissions-free wind-generated electricity when completely developed…

See more in this Interstate Power and Light release.

Alliant Energy is the parent company of Interstate Power and Light Company.


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