Our Energy Future
Now more than ever we need a focused discussion about the future of energy use, production, distribution and policy to responsibly steward the land and water we work so hard to protect. Become part of this conversation through one of our events or by engaging with the Energy District model.
Our Energy Future: A Speaker Series
Join us to learn more about the future of renewable energy, the Energy District model in Iowa County and related topics.
Hear from our outstanding line-up of experts about what is happening now and what is ahead.
All events are free, open to all, and will be held on Thursdays from 3:00 – 4:30pm on the dates listed below.
April events are moving online as webinars. To register hover on the events below. Questions? Contact Chuck Tennessen.
Thank you to our partners at the Dodgeville Public Library for support of this special programming.
The Energy District Model
and Its Potential Role in Iowa County
What are Energy Districts?
Energy Districts are non-profit organizations that use the Soil and Water Conservation District model to retain local wealth by advancing energy efficiency and building locally-owned renewable energy capacity. Energy Districts foster economic prosperity and environmental stewardship. This model is expanding rapidly with great success across several counties in Northeast Iowa.
What are Some Examples of Energy District Activities and Initiatives?
Public Outreach – Energy presentations/programs, Energy Fairs
Enhancing Energy Efficiencies – The least expensive, most environmentally friendly energy is the kind that is never generated.
Public Education - EG. energy audits, Focus on Energy program, energy saving devices
Home weatherization / insulation assistance
Promote Local Renewable Energy Development
Support local renewable energy and energy efficiency businesses and contractors
Help municipalities and organizations to implement energy-smart practices and policies
Coordinate with Neighboring Energy Districts to Build Area-wide Energy Resiliency and Economic Savings
What are DALCs Energy District Goals for 2020?
Construct a framework (policies, practices, by-laws and the like) that would define an “Iowa County Area Energy District.”
Convene a dedicated, committed group of individuals to serve as the steering committee / board of directors moving forward into 2021.
Investigate and apply for grant funding
Select and take preliminary steps to implement 1-2 potential initial initiatives for 2021
What progress has DALC made in reaching these goals?
Two Energy District General Public Information meetings
Holding regular “ad hoc energy district steering committee” meetings
Organized the “Our Energy Future” speaker series featuring six presentations on a range of energy-related topics
Secured some grant funding and actively applying through additional opportunities
How You Can Get Involved
Enjoy as many “Our Energy Future” presentations as you are able. Videos of the presentations are posted on the DALC website
Participate in the ad hoc steering committee meetings. Contact Chuck Tennessen for meeting details.