Iowa Energy Expo September 7 – 8, 2002

Iowa Energy Expo September 7 – 8, 2002

By Teresa Sieckert, Iowa Renewable Energy Association

Free Admission!

That’s what you get with a weekend getaway to Iowa’s Energy Expo next weekend.

This year’s EXPO, held again at Prairiewoods Franciscan Center, Hiawatha, Iowa, includes:

a. Over 40 workshops on wind, photovoltaic, and other alternative energies.

b. Over 40 exhibitors from across the Midwest

c. Silent auction of alternative energy products

d. Iowa State University’s Team PrISUm solar car

e. Strawbale house tour

f. Domestic hot water solar system demo

g. Trombe Wall system demo

h. Outstanding local foods and entertainment

i. Lodging and camping on site, amid restored native prairie and wooded hiking paths

j. Convenient access to Cedar Rapids, Iowa City & The Historic Amana Colonies

This year’s keynote speaker is David Osterberg of the Iowa Policy Project. He will be discussing his solar-powered bicycle tour across Europe earlier this summer, to investigate the latest in renewable energy technology being used there. For more information on the tour, visit, and don’t miss David’s exciting presentation on Saturday afternoon.

We are also thrilled to be joined Saturday by Gayla Drake Paul, an exceptional, award winning acoustic guitarist. Many of you may have heard her featured on KUNI’s “Live from Studio One.” Throughout the weekend, roving musicians Bob Ballantyne & Ann Burns and Keith Haworth will also be providing music.

Throughout the weekend, we will be presenting the film Power from the People, a documentary by John Schmit. John’s film is an excellent overview of utility interconnection issues and features RE experts like Richard Perez of Home Power Magazine.

Also attending this year’s workshops is Ian Woofenden, associate editor of Home Power magazine, who will discuss living off the power grid on both Saturday and Sunday.

Again, as last year, IRENEW is offering FREE Admission!

Demonstrations & Displays

a. Abundance EcoVillage, John Freeberg

b. Nate Baker, Toyota Hybrid

c. The Buckminster Fuller Institute

d. Solar Pathfinder, Tennessee

e. Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club – Stand Alone PV Powered Station

f. Electrathon cars + display

g. Don Laughlin, Honda Insight

h. Five Seasons Transportation, CR, Fred Rossow, Electric-SoyDiesel hybrid Bus

i. I-RENEW’s “Solar Traveler” Photo Voltaic Trailer

j. ISU’s Solar Car, “The PrISUm”

k. Iowa Department of Natural Resources, E85 Car, Toyota Prius

l. Iowa Waste Reduction Center, UNI

m. Tom Snyder, DHW display

n. Lowell Langerman, E85 Car

o. Amy Best, Biodiesel

p. Jim Philips, Iowa City, 44-volt DC Lawn Tractor, 48-inch blade, 6 speed

q. Mike Yantis, 1980 Electric Renault Le Car, Marshalltown, IA

r. 2 strawbale hermitages

s. Domestic Hot Water system on guest house

t. Stirling Engines, Phil Manke

u. Fred Kuzel, Great Lakes Biomass Energy Program, Chicago, IL


a. Dave Heims, ECOQUEST

b. Solar Pathfinder, Tennessee

c. At the Bridge, Stirling Engines, Phil Manke, Markesan, WI

d. Back Home magazine, NC

e. Builder’s Wholesale Supply, Fairfield, IA

f. Catnip Farm, Victor, IA

g. Chariton Valley Biomass Project (John Sellers)

h. Davis Caves, Chicago

i. Les Deal, Recycled Aluminum Shingles

j. Bosch energy Efficient Appliances, KS, CA

k. Ecology Services/Emerald Energy LLC, Mike Mangan

l. Abundance EcoVillage, John Freeberg

m. Engineering Services, Ken & Chris Hulet

n. Environmental Systems, Inc., Faith Wilmot

o. GoSolar, Dennis Pottratz, Decorah, IA

p. Home Power magazine, Ashland, OR

q. Midwest Botanicals, Pamela Taylor, ND

r. Progressive Management Services, Stewart Valentine

s. NIKKEN consultants, Sandra Stewart

t. John Root, The Root Cellar, Muscatine, IA

u. Tom Snyder, Alternate Energy Systems, Dyersville, IA

v. Distributed Power Solutions, MN

w. Solar Today magazine, Boulder CO

x. KAY DEE Cards

y. Utility Solutions, Rob Hajek

z. Brad Young, MidAmerican Straw Bale Association

aa. Northern Sun, MN

ab. The Buckminster Fuller Institute


a. Bioneers/Collective Heritage Institute

b. The Buckminster Fuller Institute

c. Cedar Valley Amateur Radio Club

d. Global Energy Network Institute

e. Iowa Department of Natural Resources

f. The Iowa Green Party

g. Iowa Recycling Association

h. Midwest Renewable Energy Association (MREA)

i. Iowa Citizens Action Network

j. The Organic Consumers Association

k. Trees Forever

l. Sierra Club, Iowa City Area Group

m. Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC

n. Abundance EcoVillage


p. MidAmerican Straw Bale Association

q. Iowa Electrathon

r. ISU Solar Car Team

s. Iowa Waste Reduction Center, UNI


To get to Hiawatha, Iowa, take highway 64 west through Savanna, Ill., on to Maquoketa, Iowa; continue west to Anamosa. At that junction, take 151 west and follow it all the way through to the north side of Cedar Rapids, where the Prairiewoods Franciscan Center is located.

More information on the Energy Expo can be found on our website at

or by calling (563) 288-2552.

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