The development of the Iowa Energy Plan took a major step forward last week with the convening of the four working groups that will provide input to the plan. The Iowa Energy Plan will “set state priorities and provide strategic guidance for decision-making while working to encourage energy, economic, and environmental benefits through the goals and recommendations it sets forth. The Iowa Energy Plan is being developed through collaboration between the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the Iowa Department of Transportation. The goal is to have the plan finalized by November 2016.
There are four working groups that represent the foundational pillars of the plan—economic development and energy careers; Iowa’s energy resources; transportation and infrastructure; and energy efficiency and conservation. Each working group contains twelve subject matter experts that were chosen through a competitive application process. The working groups will meet five times between now and June. All of the working group meetings are open to the public to listen to the discussion.
In addition to the working groups, the state will receive public input on the plan through a series of six public forums to be held throughout the state from late March through mid April. IAMU members are encouraged to attend a public forum, and share the importance of municipal utilities in providing reliable and affordable electricity and natural gas to consumers in the state.
Ames – Tuesday, March 29, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Iowa State University (Iowa State Center), Sherman Building, Room 204
1805 Center Dr., Ames, IA 50011
Storm Lake – Wednesday March 30, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Buena Vista University, Dows Conference Center
610 W 4th St., Storm Lake, IA 50588
Council Bluffs – Thursday, March 31, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Iowa Western Community College
Looft Hall Conference Center. Room 006
2700 College Rd., Council Bluffs, IA 51503
Ottumwa – Tuesday April 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Indian Hills Community College - The Formal Lounge (Building C)
525 Grandview Ave., Ottumwa, IA 52501
Marion – Wednesday, April 13, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Kirkwood Community College Training and Outreach Center
3375 Armar Dr., Marion, IA 52302
Dubuque – Thursday April 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Northeast Iowa Community College – Conference Center 1 and 4
700 Main St., Dubuque, IA 52001