Solar energy threatened in state known for eco-friendly fuel

In this April 15, 2019, photo Todd Miller stands next to solar panels on the roof of his solar installation business in Ankeny, Iowa. When Miller bega...
In this April 15, 2019, photo, Todd Miller stands next to solar panels on the roof of his solar installation business in Ankeny, Iowa. For years wind ...
In this Monday, April 15, 2019, photo Todd Miller casts a shadow on a solar panel on the roof of his solar installation business in Ankeny, Iowa. When...

In this April 15, 2019, photo Todd Miller stands next to solar panels on the roof of his solar installation business in Ankeny, Iowa. When Miller bega...

In this April 15, 2019, photo, Todd Miller stands next to solar panels on the roof of his solar installation business in Ankeny, Iowa. For years wind ...

In this Monday, April 15, 2019, photo Todd Miller casts a shadow on a solar panel on the roof of his solar installation business in Ankeny, Iowa. When...

ANKENY, Iowa (AP) — MidAmerican Energy proudly notes its status as a national leader in wind power.

That's why some find it jarring to learn the Des Moines-based company is pushing for new rules that could put a screeching halt to another alternative energy in Iowa — the currently booming market for solar power.

Like private utilities in Indiana, Nevada and Kansas and elsewhere, MidAmerican said the fees it's backing in the Iowa Legislature are a matter of fairness to avoid charging other customers for costs incurred by solar generators when they resell excess power.

Those in the solar industry don't buy it. They say a utility with annual profits topping $600 million actually wants to control an emerging energy source.

The state Senate has approved the bill. It's awaiting action in the House.