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    Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Tim Dwight and Sage Rosenfels created plenty of electricity on the gridiron.
    Now the former Hawkeye receiver and Cyclone quarterback are making electricity on the grid. And Jan. 25 they called on the Iowa Legislature to join them in developing a solar energy market in Iowa.
    Former Hawkeye, former Cyclone making electricity off the field | TheGazette



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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    The headline sounds gay.



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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    *Not that there's anything wrong with that.



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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Good luck getting grants when everyone is broke. Nice promotion though. Needed. Just that times are tough for govt.


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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Good for them. I hope they get it and hope they succeed. Just because Iowa isn't sitting on a giant reserve of oil doesn't mean we can't contribute to our country's energy needs...especially down the road in the future.

    Also, I hope Sage makes billions on this and becomes ISU's T. Boone.



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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    This is good for the state even if it never comes to fruition. Iowa can be a leading producer of clean energy. We certainly have the real estate...

    Eventually the corn subsidies will be reduced/removed and corn may need replaced as Iowa's cash crop.

    Wind and solar can help fill the gaps. Just a thought.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Clone9 View Post
    Also, I hope Sage makes billions on this and becomes ISU's T. Boone.



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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Quote Originally Posted by driegner View Post
    This is good for the state even if it never comes to fruition. Iowa can be a leading producer of clean energy. We certainly have the real estate...

    Eventually the corn subsidies will be reduced/removed and corn may need replaced as Iowa's cash crop.

    Wind and solar can help fill the gaps. Just a thought.

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    I heard McCain on TV the other day targeting Corn subsidies and called ethanol a joke. I tend to agree with him, but Iowa will need to offset that loss somehow. This might be a great way to do it. There is no reason that Iowa couldn't lead the nation in clean energy.


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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    The problem with solar is it is extremely inefficient and in many cases it takes decades to just recoup your investment in equipment. That does not mean, however, that people should not consider it as an option.

    My personal feeling is people need to get over their stigma with nuclear energy. It's clean, 100% renewable and, when you have qualified people running the plant, it is safe.



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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    The problem with solar is it is extremely inefficient and in many cases it takes decades to just recoup your investment in equipment. That does not mean, however, that people should not consider it as an option.

    My personal feeling is people need to get over their stigma with nuclear energy. It's clean, 100% renewable and, when you have qualified people running the plant, it is safe.
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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Quote Originally Posted by ThatllDoCy View Post
    I heard McCain on TV the other day targeting Corn subsidies and called ethanol a joke. I tend to agree with him, but Iowa will need to offset that loss somehow. This might be a great way to do it. There is no reason that Iowa couldn't lead the nation in clean energy.
    It is already well on its way. As of 3rd Q of last year Iowa was #2 in total wind energy production behind Texas. When you apply these numbers per capita, per square mile or as a percentage of the power used by a state these numbers look even better. A legitimate effort in solar power to go along with this would only help Iowa's standing in clean energy production.

    http://www.windpoweringamerica.gov/i...ty_current.jpg

    Up here the Convention Center just put online a major solar installation on their roof. While Minnesota may not seem the best for solar production, Minnesota is generally a friendly environment politically and fiscally for solar development. I don't believe that Iowa is currently quite as friendly in this regard.


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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    The problem is that even qualified people can make mistakes. The fact is nobody can guarantee that there won't be a catastrophic accident at a nuclear plant, even if those odds are very small. And has anybody figured out how to safely discard all of the nuclear waste and guarantee it won't get into the wrong hands?



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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    The problem with solar is it is extremely inefficient and in many cases it takes decades to just recoup your investment in equipment. That does not mean, however, that people should not consider it as an option.

    My personal feeling is people need to get over their stigma with nuclear energy. It's clean, 100% renewable and, when you have qualified people running the plant, it is safe.
    Even Homer Simpson has saved Springfield, so "qualified" may be a flexible concept.


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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    No shot at getting these dollars if govt is smart. Producing more than enough electricity support all of Iowa's needs and those in immediate vicinity is not the obstacle. The obstacle is we don't have a way to get it to places that needs it. (Chicago, East Coast etc.) Until/if these $10 billion plus transmission lines are built starting a second electricity producing business in Iowa when we have only exploited a tiny fraction of our wind energy and are already up against a transmission barrier makes no sense.

    Love to see Sage make money, but this makes no sense. Our wind business is still very fragile and the manufacturing jobs won't be here long unless we have a way to transmit power. It is too early to start spreading our investment dollars too thin.


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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Quote Originally Posted by CYKOFAN View Post
    The fact is nobody can guarantee that there won't be a catastrophic accident at a nuclear plant, even if those odds are very small.
    Your bar is likely set inconsistently high. Nobody can guarantee there won't be a catastrophic airplane crash, yet people fly everyday because it's a risk we are willing to take.
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    Tim Dwight is brilliant! (as blood spurts from my eyes).
    A $7 million gift to create 20 jobs? That amounts to $35,000 annually/job over 10 years. At that rate, I should have applied for the grant first. I'd have provided 40 jobs @ $35,000/year for five years to my best CF buddies and we'd have just sat around drinking beer and watching sports. At least then, the money wouldn't go to a bunch of California executives.

    Both prospects have an equal likelihood of long-term self-sustainability (0%).


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    Re: Dwight and Rosenfels Making Electricity Off the Field

    Quote Originally Posted by ruxCYtable View Post
    The problem with solar is it is extremely inefficient and in many cases it takes decades to just recoup your investment in equipment. That does not mean, however, that people should not consider it as an option.

    My personal feeling is people need to get over their stigma with nuclear energy. It's clean, 100% renewable and, when you have qualified people running the plant, it is safe.
    Quote Originally Posted by gharris View Post
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    While I agree that nuclear energy is clean, relatively renewable (you still have to go find it and dig it out of the ground. It doesn't just fall out of the sky). I won't argue that it's some monstrous, unsafe technology either, as accidents are relatively rare (though, accidents that do occur can be much more harmful to the surrounding environment and people).

    However, my biggest concern with nuclear energy is what to do with the waste.

    That being said, I wouldn't mind seeing a combination of nuclear, hydroelectric, solar and wind based solutions, among others.



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