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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Belgium, USA dominate IC cyclocross World Cup

by Ben

Two American women and three Belgian men ended up on the victor’s podium for the Women’s and Men’s Telenet UCI Cyclocross World Cup races in Iowa City on Saturday.

Source: Belgium, USA dominate IC cyclocross World Cup

2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: 238-mile EPA range rating, 119 MPGe combined

by Ben

It will be the first mass-priced electric car with a range of 200 miles or more, and it will go on sale a year before the much-vaunted Tesla Model 3. […] Moreover, it’s the highest range of any electric car sold to date that doesn’t have a Tesla badge on it.

Source: 2017 Chevy Bolt EV electric car: 238-mile EPA range rating, 119 MPGe combined

For comparison, the 2017 Chevy Volt has a rated 53-mile EV range (about a 440-mile EV plus gas range) and 106 MPGe combined.  The Bolt doesn’t quite make sense for driving across Iowa, but given some time for the charging infrastructure to develop and the range to increase a little more… Well, it will be interesting to see what the situation is in a few years. Until then, plug-in hybrids like the Volt make a lot of sense.

Johnson County triples its solar power production

by Ben

Johnson County is installing two new solar arrays at its Iowa City campus in a move that officials say will save taxpayers money and triple the county government’s production of clean energy.

Source: Johnson County triples its solar power production

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Slate: Iowa is ‘most impressive state for clean energy’

by Ben

The most impressive place for clean energy isn’t some coastal state, like California or New York.

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Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy is planning a $3.6 billion wind turbine operation that will generate up to 2,000 megawatts of electricity through 1,000 turbines. MidAmerican says that is enough energy to power 800,000 average households.

Source: Slate: Iowa is ‘most impressive state for clean energy’