March's Energy Breakfast, hosted by the Winneshiek Energy District, will present information on proposed legisla-tion that would threaten the continued growth of solar in Iowa.

The bill, HSB 185, was proposed by MidAmerican Energy, and would allow MidAmerican and Alliant to develop tariffs that end net metering and/or make customer-owned solar cost-prohibitive.

“This bill would kill Iowa’s blossoming solar industry,” says Winneshiek Energy District Director Andy Johnson. “Dozens of businesses in our town have solar, and dozens more could save by going solar. Why? Because solar is good for business. But if we don’t act now, that opportunity for ‘solar prosperity’ could disappear.”

Johnson and Energy District staff will explore the effects that the bills – if passed – would have on solar in Iowa. Iowa currently has over 800 solar jobs statewide, according to a report by The Solar Foundation, and 85 percent of those are related to customer-owned, not utility-owned, solar. The bill as proposed would likely freeze the industry, and may even threaten the economics of existing solar customers.

If time allows the presentation also will discuss Alliant Energy's proposed 25 percent base rate increase and how customers can make their voices heard during the rate hearing process.

The breakfast presentation begins at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 19, at T-Bock’s Underground. Coffee and muffins by T-Bocks will be available for purchase. The presentation will last until 8:30 and will conclude with post card writing. The event is free and everyone is welcome to attend. Register at energydistrict.org/breakfast/ by Friday, March 15.

The Winneshiek Energy District is a non-profit organization serving Winneshiek County that works toward 100 per-cent clean, locally owned energy by 2050. Learn more about the Energy District at energydistrict.org.