“Dream Green” Radio Series Explores Energy Cooperatives with Access Energy CEO

Contact: James Moore,


Station Manager, KRUU-FM

Phone: 641.233.1617

Email: james@kruufm.com




Fairfield, IA, August 23, 2011—Solar-powered KRUU-FM’s “Dream Green” team braved the heat early this month, attending Access Energy’s Annual Meeting in Mount Pleasant in 100-plus temperatures to discuss energy cooperatives with Access Energy CEO Bob Swindell. The broadcast airs Thursday, August 25 at 7 p.m. and can be heard online at www.kruufm.com. (Rebroadcast Monday, August 29 at 7a.m.)


“In this week’s program, James and I have the opportunity to ask Bob Swindell, General Manager and CEO of Access Energy, some challenging questions surrounding energy issues,” explains series’ co-host Stuart Tanner. “What do they think about a switchover to renewable energy? Do they want to move away from sourcing energy from coal and nuclear power stations? It’s a great opportunity to hear from a company that’s in the business of ensuring your lights stay on. Mr. Swindell offers his perspective on the outlook for energy from renewable sources in the coming decades.”


Headquartered in Mount Pleasant, Access Energy is an energy cooperative that serves over 9,000 homes and businesses in portions of ten southeast Iowa counties. The company owns and maintains over 2,219 miles of line and offers customers and members safe, reliable, efficient service and environmental responsibility. 


“Access Energy is a nonprofit serving its members. It offers a number of green options including free energy audits and special insulation and energy efficient lighting packages,” said co-host James Moore. “They have also recently set up a large solar installation at their headquarters aided by a grant from the Office of Energy Independence. So it’s a company that represents a mix of the old and the new.”


Fresh installments of the “Dream Green” series air Thursdays at 7 p.m. online at www.kruufm.com. (Rebroadcast Mondays at 7 a.m.) Archives, transcripts and a schedule of upcoming shows are available at www.greeniowa.org.


Next week: Thursday, September 1st at 7p.m. (rebroadcast Monday, August 29th at 7a.m.), “Dream Green” features an interview with internationally acclaimed soil microbiologist Elaine Ingham, who teaches courses for the Sustainable Living Department at Maharishi University of Management.




Funded by nearly 70 individuals, businesses and organizations with a $50,000 matching community grant from the Iowa Power Fund’s Office of Energy Independence, the “Dream Green” series is being released under a Creative Commons license. City administrators, radio stations, schools, and organizations involved in energy efficiency and sustainable practices are being offered free use of the series.


“Dream Green” is produced by the popular hosts of KRUU-FM’s Tanner & Moore, Stuart Tanner and James Moore, with the creative guidance of Maharishi University of Management faculty.


Stuart Tanner is an award-winning documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on BBC, Channel 4, and National Geographic. He is an assistant professor in the Media & Communications Department at Maharishi University of Management.


James Moore is co-founder and has served as executive director of KRUU-FM since its inception in 2006. A published poet and gifted musician, he serves on adjunct faculty at MUM where he teaches Radio & Web Broadcasting.


KRUU became the Midwest's first solar-powered radio station on September 9, 2009. “A business on the forefront of sustainability,” wrote then Governor Chet Culver. “With this project, KRUU-LP is contributing to a greener, safer Iowa.” Featuring 80 locally-produced weekly programs broadcasting to the greater Fairfield area, KRUU streams online at www.kruufm.com. You can follow the journey of discovery at www.greeniowa.org.