UScellular donated 140 wireless hotspots and at least 13 months of service to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Iowa to ensure internet access through the 2021-22 school year, the company announced this week. The hotspots boost connectivity for Boys & Girls Clubs locations, and are loaned out to families to support access for […]

A Polk County judge will allow a lawsuit filed by Mediacom against the city of West Des Moines to continue after West Des Moines filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit in January. The judge granted the partial dismissal of the first claim, in which Mediacom alleged the city’s use of the Urban Renewal Program to designate the majority […]

A review of solar energy projects at Iowa’s schools, cities and other public entities reported average annual savings of more than $26,475, state Auditor Rob Sand announced recently. Eighty Iowa communities are currently using solar energy installations, and the average savings over the lifetime of an installation was $716,437, Sand said. The full report, titled […]

The Federal Communications Commission awarded more than $143 million to 11 broadband providers as part of a national initiative to bring broadband to 10 million Americans, the FCC announced Friday. The Rural Digital Opportunity Fund awarded 11 broadband providers grants ranging from $8,586 to $112,637,885 to deliver speeds of 100 megabits-per-second download in rural Iowa. […]

Alliant Energy is seeking applications for its 2021 Innovation Scholarships, which will award 25 students a $1,000 scholarship. Applicants must be age 24 or under and enrolling for the first time at an undergraduate school, and must be a dependent child of a current Alliant Energy customer or a customer themselves. More information is available online. 

A tower torch with a flame of up to 20 feet high once burned excess methane gas away at WRA facilities. Now after a nearly $20 million upgrade over the last few years, the WRA can convert excess biogas into natural gas for residential and commercial energy. Photo provided by the Des Moines Metropolitan Wastewater […]

A combined solar field and battery storage facility hosts more than 9,500 solar panels at Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Solar Garden, the first project by Alliant that combines solar panels and battery storage in the state.  Set next to Alliant Energy’s Marshalltown Generating Station, the solar panels power about 400 homes, and the battery powers about […]

Deere & Co. has received 5G licenses in five Iowa and Illinois counties as part of the Federal Communications Commission auction for the Citizens Broadband Radio Service 3.5 GHz spectrum, enabling Deere to accelerate the availability of 5G in its largest manufacturing facilities in North America, the company announced this week. Providing 5G access and […]

Alliant Energy is launching the Clean Energy Blueprint for Iowa to transition to cleaner energy for customers using solar power and battery storage. The company also plans to discontinue coal generation in its Lansing facility by the end of 2022, while transitioning their Burlington Generating Station to natural gas in 2021. The Clean Energy Blueprint […]