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Public urged to comment on Iowa Energy Plan

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by Ben Nuelle

Iowa Economic Development Authority wants input on the released Iowa Energy Plan. The Iowa Energy Plan was launched in early October. The initiative is chaired by Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds and CEO of Pella Corp Pat Meyers.

Stephanie Weisenbach works in the energy office at the Iowa Economic Development Authority. Weisenbach says this plan will help chart a course for Iowa’s energy future.

“That does have a lot of connections back to the agriculture economy and biofuels for value-added agriculture and services in the state. We are collecting a lot of public input and have four working groups that have been formed,” Weisenbach says.

Energy Team Leader Brian Sellinger at the Iowa Economic Development Authority says there really is no set agenda on the front of this plan.

“We’re not looking at this as having a preconceived one energy resource is better than the other. Everything is on the table. We want to take a comprehensive look and research that all the areas across energy, economic development and environment. We really want to see what elevates to the attention of the planning process and some of these things we can work to,” Sellinger says.

Sellinger adds they are also partnering with the Iowa Department of Transportation because energy ties into many different groups. Iowa Economic Development Authority will hold five energy forums across the state this spring to get your feedback.

Find more information about the Iowa Energy Plan at iowaenergyplan.org.