Beyond simply enacting legislation and regulations to advance energy efficiency within the state's residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, state (as well as county and municipal) governments can also provide vision and leadership for their constituents.
Leading by Example
By having an agency dedicated to energy policies, setting goals for reduction of energy use by state agencies, establishing high standards for the efficiency of state-owned and operated buildings, and implementing policies that promote energy efficiency in public-service buildings, government demonstrate the value of energy efficiency and reduce the amount of the state's revenue that is spent on energy purchases. Every Midwestern state has a state energy office and many have adopted other policies aimed at managing the state’s energy consumption as well as encouraging others to follow its lead.
State Energy Office
The State Energy Office role in Iowa is housed under the Iowa Economic Development Authority. It is focused primarily on private-sector business development.
The Energy Team, housed under the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA), is focused on creating long-term economic growth opportunities in Iowa through energy efficiency improvements, investment in clean energy and biofuels and through the support of sound energy policies.
The Energy Team provides technical and financial assistance in the private sectors, coordinating with business development to promote economic opportunities in clean energy, supporting energy policies in the state of Iowa and serving as a clearinghouse for energy efficiency and clean energy information.
Visit the Energy Team webpage. Check out NASEO's profile for Iowa.
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State Energy Plan or Vision
Prior to the dissolution of the Office of Energy Independence in 2011, that agency released the 2011 Energy Independence Plan. The plan, and the planning process, is no longer active and the successor agency, the Iowa Economic Development Authority, has not released any comprehensive energy policy plan documents.
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State Agency Energy Reduction Requirement
Governor Culver's 2008 Executive Order 6 - Green Government Initiative committed the state to increasing the use of renewable energy, alternative fuels, and energy efficiency. The Initiative's Task Forces conducted a survey of the energy use in state agencies and issued a final report in FY2009 titled "Green Government Audit and Master Plan." The agency responsible for implementing the Initiative, the Iowa Office of Energy Independence, was dissolved in 2011. There is not any readily-accessed information available through the successor agency, the IEDA, regarding energy reduction in state government.
Culver's Executive Order 6 was rescinded by Governor Branstad in Executive Order 79 because the committees and task forces no longer meet.
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EE in New State Buildings
The 2009 Executive Order 20 by Governor Culver set out measures for improving overall government efficiency including requiring all state buildings to conduct energy efficiency retrofits.
Culver's Executive Order 20 was rescinded by Governor Branstad in Executive Order 79 because he deemed the order to be unnecessarily burdensome.
The State of Iowa Facilities Improvement Corporation (SIFIC), a non-profit organization that had set up to assist state facilities in making energy efficiency improvements appears to be defunct.
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Recognition or Award Program
The Iowa EDGE (Economic Development by Gaining Efficiency) program, launched in 2012, is a statewide recognition program that will engage industrial stakeholders in undertaking energy efficiency projects to lower energy costs and then recognize the efforts through a state-wide recognition event.
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