As a result of Home Energy Efficiency Assessment Blitz’s conducted in  2017

84 homes assessed and counting!

1917 LED bulb replacements

69602.67 kWh saved on lighting bill   

$1163 water bill savings

87.88 tons carbon reduction

$122/household savings

$10,259 total household energy bill savings


Benchmark & Community Impact Report
September 2018



Clayton County Energy District’s three prong overarching “building community” goal:

  • To positively affect the local economy by retaining & reinvesting energy dollars.
  • To positively impact climate change through the promotion of wise energy use.
  • To facilitate equal access to clean local energy.



Green IA Americorp (GIA) Home Energy Assessment (began 2016)

Homes Visited 84
Money Saved on Lighting $9,493
Money Saved on Water $1,163
Total Light Bulbs Replaced 1,972
Total Carbon Ton Reduction 87.88
Annual Saving per Household $122
Total Countywide Energy Savings $10,259


LED Bulb Swap Program: The CCED “swapped” 110 (4) packs of LED light bulbs for incandescent bulbs within the county. This effort alone leads to almost $2500 annual energy savings for the next 15 years. $5.60/bulb annual savings
Christmas Just For Kids LED Giveaway – 153 families received (1) 4 pack of LED $3400/year savings


December 2016

  • Attended the Iowa Energy Conference – This conference focused on justification of Local & Clean Energy Districts & hosted several state legislators to discuss the formation of enabling legislation for a quasi governmental energy district in every Iowa county.
  • Decorah News covers the creation of CCED

January 2017

  • Hired Program Coordinator – Contracted Service with Jansen Products/Joleen Jansen  position is compensated to work 4 hours a week to do the work of the CCED.


Feb 2017

  • Co Hosted Legislative Listening post at Johnson’s. Around 80 people in attendance GIA team collected home energy assessment


March 2017

– Visited Daren Bockenstedt  Hog Farm/ Final Electric, Edgewood Locker, Community Savings Bank, Signs and Frames – luncheon and press conference

  • March 18, 2017
    LED Lighting Workshop 36 attendees ( farmers, homeowners, business, gov officials etc), Vendors and Facebook Live Event

April 2017

  • Began meeting with commercial “Main St.” businesses, institutions and organizations to encourage LED transitions. Moser’s, Rock a Dot, Carter House, Rivals – Strawberry Point, Premier Ag Systems
  • Joel Zook audited the Clayton Lighthouse for perspective new owner
  • Throughout the year met or talked on the phone with Guttenberg, McGregor, Edgewood, Elkader & Strawberry Point


May 2017

  • Website redesigned and established & redirected
  • Promoted the upcoming Farm Energy Fair
  • Managed a booth at the Music & Monarchs Festival


June 2017


July 2017

  • Completed portion of USDA- Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Grant App: RCDI Engagement and Planning Tools for Resilient Communities- CCED
    (not awarded)
  • Started to organize our new 4 for 4 light bulb swaps by coordinating with Norby’s, Elkader to be an outlet for low cost 60 watt equivalent LED light bulbs. Eventually coordinated with Fisk Farm and Home, Monona.


August 2017

  • Co hosted a Clayton County Fair booth with Clayton County CAN focused on Farm Energy Planning & LED transitions – Collected 40 some names of local residents interested in farm energy planning, home energy assessments or joining the distribution list


September 2017

  • New board members: Recruited new board members from Monona – Gary Passmore, Volga – Tom Klingman, St. Olaf – Randy Lenth
  • New board recruits represent underrepresented geographic locations in the county & provide expertise in the area of energy planning.


October 2017


November 2017

  • Began “Business Member” spotlight program to be fully implemented 2017
  • Promoted and attended a Lunch Learn in Guttenberg by CCED business member Eagle Point Solar
  • Held a partner exhibit booth at the Clayton County Annual Meeting
  • Harry Blobaum represented the CCED in Des Moines at a gathering of the evaluation committee of the Solutions Project.  ( At this meeting, Andy J. was on a panel to discuss what we are doing in Iowa regarding clean energy and efficiency.  They are all about efficiency and clean energy and after concentrating on the states of NY and CA, they are interested in Iowa.


December 2017


January 2018


February 2018

  • Budget Session
  • Membership Drive Planning Session


March 2018

  • Farm Energy Breakfast with Joel Zook – 30ish attendees
    Business & Supporting Member placards developed and displayed at all public events
  • Prepared a pre-app for Upper Mississippi Gaming Corp – to fund a permanent LED Swap Station at the CC Food Shelf – Goal supply 5000 LED bulbs to low income residents or 4/household=1250 households Economic Benefit @ $5.60/bulb=$28,000/yr savings
    (not awarded)
  • Community Energy Planning with the UNI Center for Environmental & Energy Education & Eric Giddins (Strawberry Point, Elkader, Guttenberg, Monona, McGregor, Marquette)
  • Developed and Introduction to the CCED presentation


April 2018

  • Organized the 5/4 Solar for Non-Taxable Entities…Let’s Get Started Workshop
    Paying less for energy = more for your mission = better for the community = better for the world
  • Community Energy Planning with the UNI Center for Environmental & Energy Education
  • Eric Giddins (Strawberry Point, Elkader, Guttenberg, Monona, McGregor, Marquette)
  • Presentation to the Guttenberg Municipal Hospital Foundation


May 2018

  • 5/4 Solar for Non-Taxable Entities…Let’s Get Started Workshop 65+ attendees
    Energy Savings=
  • Town of Volga, St Paul Lutheran considering solar…many other leads to come
  • SolSmart Community Partner application – pitched the idea to several local governments
  • Managed a booth at the Music & Monarchs Festival & LED Bulb Swap


June 2018
Membership Drive Organization Continued
Communia Neighborhood Energy Audit Blitz
Home Energy Breakfast and Garnavillo Auto/ FreeWind Solar presentation
Guttenberg SolSmart Community & Home Energy Efficiency program discussion

July 2018
Clayton County Solar Map data collection begins


August 2018
Clayton County Fair in partnership with Clayton County CAN
Solar Panels on Display at the Fair
Volga City Truck Cruise in partnership with Clayton County CAN

SolSmart Grant grant recipient

Sept 2018
Marquette Town Council moves forward a Solar Power Well Project
Guttenberg COU/Landlord/Energy District Rental Unit Lights & Water project approved & planned
Membership Renewals

Fundraisers planned
Joined the RE-AMP Clean Energy State Table Grant dollars recieved