State releases energy independence
Dec 23, 2008 - The Associated Press
Iowa's Office of Energy Independence released it's
second annual energy plan on Tuesday, calling for
private-sector investment in renewable energy and
Recommendations in the 2008 Plan for Energy Independence,
will help Iowa stay a national leader in renewable
energy, said Roya Stanley, director of the agency.
"Investing in the renewable energy economy will
help us weather the economic challenges, and prepare
us for a brighter, stronger future," she said.
The Office of Energy Independence issued its first
annual energy plan in fall of 2007. Since then,
officials said it has received more than 160 applications
proposing nearly $1 billion in private-sector investment.
The 2008 plan highlights energy efficiency, including
expanding energy education, supporting workforce
development and making energy efficiency among the
highest priority for utilities.
It also puts an emphasis on renewable energy, including
calling for the promotion of wind energy and development
of a biomass industry in Iowa.
In addition, the plan makes biofuels recommendations
including enhancing the viability of the industry
and supporting the development of biorefineries.
Gov. Chet Culver said research and development
into energy efficiency, renewable energy, and next-generation
biofuels is leading to job growth in every corner
"Iowa's natural resources, innovation, and work
ethic provide a solid foundation for us to lead
in this new energy economy," he said in a statement.