CESA Member Iowa
Iowa Economic Development Authority houses the State Energy Office (SEO) which sets the energy policy direction for the state. As the designated SEO, the energy team receives the State Energy Program Formula funding from the Department of Energy to carry out designated energy activities for the state. These activities include promoting energy efficiency, biofuels, and renewable energy. In addition, the energy team administers several programs as listed below.
State Energy Plan
In partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation, a statewide energy plan was released in late 2016. The plan allows the state to set priorities and provides strategic guidance for decision-making around energy policy initiatives. The plan was developed around four foundational pillars – economic development and energy careers; Iowa’s energy resources; transportation and infrastructure; and energy efficiency and conservation. More information can be found at www.iowaenergyplan.org
B3 Benchmarking Program
The statewide Iowa Public Building Benchmarking Program is a collaborative of utility and government partners. This web-based tool provides needed information for building owners and organizations to evaluate the efficiency level at which their buildings are performing and to project the impact of proposed energy efficiency improvements.
The Iowa Clean Cities Coalition is a program that incorporates a variety of public and private stakeholders to coordinate education and technical assistance on alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies, especially for fleets. The mission of the national Clean Cities program is to advance the nation's economic, environmental, and energy security by supporting local actions to reduce petroleum consumption in transportation.
In conjunction with other state agencies, the SEO helps oversee energy assurance planning and coordination for the state, promoting the synchronization of risk management activities and emergency response preparedness programs/plans.
One of the most critical topics addressed through Iowa’s new energy plan is capitalizing on the conversion of biomass resources to biogas and other value-added end products. An advisory committee has been formed to assist in the creation of an action plan to guide Iowa’s efforts to advance biomass conversion projects. The committee includes experts in agriculture, energy and the environment.
For more information about the Iowa Economic Development Authority's energy programs, visit: www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Community
Iowa Economic Development Authority
200 E. Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309