Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds unveils statewide Iowa Energy Plan
Chaired by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds, the Iowa Energy Plan was initiated to set state priorities and provide strategic guidance for Iowa’s energy future. The plan assesses current and future energy supply and demand, examines energy policies and programs and identifies emerging challenges and opportunities. Today’s unveiling of the Iowa Energy Plan is a culmination of a year-long process that consisted of soliciting statewide public input via working groups and community forums and meetings with representatives from state agencies and industry associations and organizations. The Iowa Energy Plan executive summary and full report can be accessed at www.iowaenergyplan.org.
“Iowa is a leader in biofuels and renewable energy,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “That leadership was achieved because of thoughtful planning. Creating a statewide energy plan will keep Iowa at the forefront of energy policy and allow our state to develop a path toward the future.”
Leadership support for this initiative was provided by Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) board members and representatives from the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (Iowa DOT). The statewide energy plan is built on four foundational pillars: Economic Development and Energy Careers, Iowa’s Energy Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency and Conservation.
The Iowa Energy Plan’s vision statement represents the collective understanding of Iowa’s ideal future in terms of its energy use and resources. The vision considers a planning horizon of 10 years, with 15 objectives and 45 strategies outlined in the 100+ page report. During the planning process, the following themes were identified as key areas that could positively impact Iowa’s energy economy:
- Energy Workforce Development
- Technology-based Research and Development
- Supporting Rural and Underserved Areas and Populations
- Natural Gas Expansion
- Iowa’s Biomass Potential
- Alternative Fuel Vehicles
- Electric Grid Modernization
“With job creation and increasing wealth for Iowans as our top priorities, it is critical that we understand the state’s energy assets in order to maximize Iowa’s energy opportunities,” said Lt. Governor Reynolds. “Engaging with industry specialists to facilitate and conduct a comprehensive analysis of the state’s energy resources, assets and existing gaps, gives us a foundation of quantitative and qualitative data on which to base an energy strategy development process that can bring economic prosperity to all 99 counties in Iowa.”
The plan was developed by Inova Energy Group, LLC with specialized project support from Elevate Energy and TEConomy Partners, LLC (formerly Battelle Technology Partnership Practice). The cost of the plan, estimated at approximately $500,000, will be paid by IEDA and Iowa DOT.
IEDA houses the Iowa Energy Office, which coordinates a variety of state and federal programs related to energy.