Power Up Iowa Hosts First Annual U.S. Clean Energy Week Event
The virtual event included key stakeholders such as Governor Kim Reynolds, U.S. Senators Grassley and Ernst, and other members of the Iowa Congressional delegation.
Posted: October 27, 2021 at 9:22 a.m. CDT|Update: 21 hours ago
DES MOINES, Iowa, October 27, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Power Up Iowa hosted its first annual American Clean Power Week event on Tuesday October 26. Iowa residents from across the state gathered to virtually celebrate iowa national leader status in renewable energy and discuss how to continue to develop the industry in the years to come.
Participants in the event included the governor Kim reynolds; Senator Chuck grassley; Senator Joni Ernst; Representing Ashley hinson (IA-1); Representing Cindy axne (IA-3); Representing Randy Feenstra (IA-4); Dusky Terry, president of ITC Midwest; Bill Anderson, executive director of the Cherokee Area Economic Development Authority; Mike Fehr, vice president of renewable energy production and compliance at MidAmerican Energy; Dave Wisniewski, vice president of utility and environmental marketing at Vermeer Corporation; Troy mcquillen, vice-president of installations at Kirkwood Community College; and Tom wind by Wind Utility Consulting PC.
Governor Kim reynolds, who signed a proclamation declaring American Clean Power Week in Iowa, shared his thoughts on clean energy during the event. “Iowa runs on affordable and reliable clean energy. Iowa communities have attracted new businesses, billions in investments, millions in tax revenues and provided stable sources of income for our farmers, all through clean energy, ”she said.
Participants in the event also heard US Senator Chuck grassley, known as the “father of the wind” for his leadership in paving the way for the development of clean energy in Iowa. He explained, “I am proud to say that we get more than half of our electricity from clean energy. I am a supporter of all alternative energies for the sake of the environment, and of course, for energy independence.
Iowa now runs mostly on clean electricity – a 59% share, to be exact. Iowa It also has the third largest operational wind, solar and energy storage capacity in the country. Clean energy supports more than 5,000 jobs in the state and has brought extraordinary economic benefits to the state – for example, by providing a constant source of income for iowa Farmers.
Discuss the situation of renewable energies in Iowa, Representative of the United States Randy Feenstra (IA-04) said: “As we celebrate American Clean Power Week, now is the perfect opportunity to renew our commitment to being the forerunner in the clean energy transition. “
During the event, attendees discussed some of the infrastructure challenges that are hampering the growth of clean energy through Iowa. Representative of the United States Cindy axne (IA-03) spoke of potential legislation to address some of these challenges and create jobs:
“As we work to build the future of clean energy in the United States, I am proud to support the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to move us forward towards these goals,” she said. “This bipartisan bill will support the transition to clean energy, create more opportunities for our skilled and trained workforce, and will also benefit our environment.”
Talk about iowa leadership in sustainable development, Representative of the United States Ashley hinson (IA-01) concluded: “Iowa will continue to lead the way with innovative and clean energy solutions. “
A recording of the event is available here.
To speak with a representative from Power Up Iowa or arrange an interview with one of the event attendees, please contact Kelvey Vander Hart at [email protected] or (515) 954-8256. Be sure to follow on social media using the hashtags #AmericanCleanPowerWeek, #UnitedStatesofCleanEnergy, and #PoweringAmericanJobs.
Power on Iowa
Power Up Iowa, an initiative of the American Clean Power Association, is a statewide coalition of renewable energy supporters that advocates for local, state, and federal policies and initiatives that improve iowa investment in wind and solar energy. By educating, raising awareness and participating in conversations with leaders in our state, Power Up Iowa will help advocate for investments in renewable energy to revive and stimulate our local economies. Learn more about PowerUpIowa.com.
American Clean Energy Association
The American Clean Power Association (ACP) is the voice of clean energy companies delivering cost-effective solutions to the climate crisis while creating jobs, stimulating massive investment in the U.S. economy and boosting the high-tech innovation in United States. ACP is working to transform the US electricity grid into an inexpensive, reliable and renewable electricity system. By uniting the energy of wind, solar, transmission and storage companies, as well as manufacturers and construction companies, developers and owner / operators, utilities, financial companies and corporate buyers, we defend policies that allow the continued and aggressive growth of renewable energies in United States. Visit The ACP website to learn more about the huge economic benefits that renewables bring to the United States and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
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