After a year of planning, hard work and collaboration with stakeholders from around the state, including working group members, state agencies, industry organizations, and members of the public, the Iowa Energy Plan is final and available for review. This plan will be the foundation as we continue to work together to maximize and realize Iowa’s economic potential, building on the past energy successes and laying the ground work necessary to reaffirm Iowa’s energy leadership into the future, collaborating locally, growing sustainably, and leading nationally.
A total of 15 objectives and 45 strategies make up the Iowa Energy Plan. Together, these objectives and strategies propose a balanced approach to encourage growth in all of Iowa’s energy sectors while emphasizing sustainable practices, economic development throughout the state, and supporting the research and development required to keep Iowa on the leading edge of energy innovation.
To help organize the actionable components of the Plan, four foundational pillars were established. They are Economic Development and Energy Careers, Energy Efficiency and Conservation, Iowa’s Energy Resources, and Transportation and Infrastructure. Within each pillar, focus areas were identified that could positively impact Iowa’s energy economy.
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The most crucial step in this planning process is what happens next – implementation. The Iowa Energy Plan is a tool for Iowa’s state agencies to work together to create a concrete path for moving forward. The work of individuals, municipalities, universities, business organizations, nonprofits and energy trade organizations and associations will be essential to the success in implementing this plan. As Iowa looks to implement these strategies, it will continue to work with the private sector in supporting these efforts, and to coordinate and share best practices.
The Iowa Energy Plan does not end here. Rather this marks the beginning of continued coordination around energy-related efforts. The momentum that came out the stakeholder process, including the working groups and public forums has set the state for Iowa to continue its energy successes and the Iowa Energy Plan provides a clear pathway for us to lead together into the future.