The Iowa Partnership for Economic Progress (IPEP) recently held a meeting at Pella Corporation to kick off the Iowa Energy Plan. The initiative, chaired by Lt. Governor Kim Reynolds and Pat Meyer, CEO of Pella Corp., is a means to set state priorities and provide strategic guidance for a statewide plan that assesses current and future energy supply and demand, examines energy policies and programs and identifies emerging challenges and opportunities.
“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.”
The statewide energy plan will be built on four foundational pillars: Economic Development and Energy Careers, Iowa’s Energy Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Working groups will be formed around these areas to provide input, review data and help shape the goals and strategies of the energy plan. Applications for the working groups are being accepted now at www.iowaenergyplan.org. More information on the timeline, process and how to provide input for the energy plan can also be found at this website. In addition, five energy forums will be conducted across the state to facilitate public input for the Iowa Energy Plan.
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