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IAMU Presents Energy Awards

Posted By IAMU, Tuesday, October 29, 2019

During the 7th Annual Energy Conference last week, IAMU presented three Customer Recognition Awards for Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. This year’s winners include:

Larry and Sharon Hodgden – Nominated by Tipton Municipal Utilities

Larry and Sharon installed 18 solar panels on their home’s roof in November 2018. The first full month of billing was for January 2019. After tax credits, the project cost approximately $10,000. The Hodgdens expect a return on investment of 5% minimum annually. The environmental impact was more important to the couple than the return on investment, though.

Northwestern College – Nominated by Orange City Municipal Utilities

The Northwestern College Natural & Health Sciences Building is a 64,163 square-foot facility in Orange City, IA, zone 6a. The facility is a two-story building with basement to house labs, classrooms, and offices for natural health and science. It also has a penthouse for greenhouse space. This facility has a relatively complex mechanical system designed for overall kW, kWh, and therm savings (CHW/HW VAV AHU, chilled beams). It has ERV for ventilation air, a 90-ton chiller sized for only ½-load, ice water storage for the other half of the cooling load, a water/water heat pump energy recovery chiller, variable speed fans and pumping, condensing boilers. This facility also has energy-efficient windows and lighting. 

Keith’s Foods – Nominated by the City of Bloomfield

Keith’s owner, Brian Burnam, recognized that by making some changes with how the store approached energy usage, he might be able to reduce the store’s utilities costs. Burnam added solar panels to the store’s roof – in two phases – each set producing about 50 kWh, swapped out less efficient lighting with LED lighting, made open refrigerated dairy and deli cases into closed cases, and replaced the produce case with a high-efficiency model. As a result, Keith’s is realizing a 25% energy savings compared to previous usage.

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Presentations from the 2019 Energy Conference Available Online

Posted By IAMU, Monday, October 28, 2019

Select presentations from the 2019 Energy Conference are now available online. 

To view them, click here.

*If you need your member sign-in information, contact Josh Trout at*

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2019 IAMU Energy Conference - Registration Open

Posted By Josh Trout, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Registration for IAMU’s 7th Annual Energy Conference is open. The conference takes place Oct. 24-25 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel in Altoona.

A preconference workshop, “Iowa’s Emerging Electric Vehicle Market: Impacts and Resources”, takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Join other municipal energy professionals for this much anticipated annual event to learn about the latest happenings in the industry and network with others.

Tags:  Energy  Energy Conference  IAMU Events  Prairie Meadows 

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Calling All Members with Electric Vehicles

Posted By IAMU, Thursday, September 26, 2019

IAMU will be holding a preconference on electric vehicles as part of our 7th Annual Energy Conference. The preconference, scheduled for 1 to 5 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 23 is titled, “Iowa’s Emerging Electric Vehicle Market: Impacts and Resources.”

During the last hour of the preconference (4 to 5 p.m.), IAMU would like to host an electric-vehicles exhibit in the parking lot of Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel, where the conference is being held. We would like to have as many members as possible bring and display some of their electric vehicles. If you would be willing to do so or have any questions about the exhibit, contact Jeremy Caron, IAMU Director of Energy Services, at 515.289.1999 or by email at

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Upcoming Deadline: IAMU Energy Conference Early-Bird Hotel Reservation Special Ends Friday, Sept. 27

Posted By IAMU, Monday, September 23, 2019

The deadline for hotel reservations for IAMU’s 7th Annual Energy Conference at the special conference rate is 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27.

The Energy Conference takes place Oct. 24-25 at The Meadows Events & Conference Center at Prairie Meadows Casino, Racetrack & Hotel in Altoona.

A preconference workshop, “Iowa’s Emerging Electric Vehicle Market: Impacts and Resources,” takes place from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 23.  

  • To call in a hotel reservation, dial (515) 957-3000 or (800) 325-9015.

Use Group Code: 10222019IAM

Conference hotel rates through 5:00 p.m., Friday, Sept. 27 are —

  • King: $110
  • Double Queen: $110
  •  Junior King Suite: $130
  •  King Suite: $150
  • Executive King Suite: $170

For more details about the conference (including the tentative agenda) and/or to register for the event, visit:

Tags:  Energy Conference  Hotel Deadline  Prairie Meadows 

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