Reynolds, Pella Corp. CEO to discuss work on Iowa Energy Plan

Wind FarmBy Bob Eschliman


Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds and Pella Corporation CEO Pat Meyer will host a press conference tomorrow to reveal their work so far on developing the Iowa Energy Plan. The event will begin at 1:30 p.m. at Pella Corporation’s Design Center, located at 102 Main Street in Pella.

The Iowa Energy Plan will allow the state to set priorities and provide strategic guidance for decision-making around energy policy initiatives. Reynolds and Meyer serve as co-chairs of the planning initiative.

According to the National Association of State Energy Officials, at the end of 2014, 36 states had active energy plans, of which 14 were being updated. Four other states were in the process of developing new plans. Iowa, however, was one of 10 states that did not have a state energy plans.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority houses the Iowa Energy Office, which internally has a strategic energy plan. The purpose of a state energy plan is to assess energy supply and demand — both current and future projections — while examining existing energy policies, emerging energy opportunities, and potential energy challenges.

Most state energy plans also contain an environment component, which is likely to face significant scrutiny by many interest groups in the state.