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New "Roadmap" Points the Way to "Buried Treasure" in IA's Energy Future

June 6, 2007

A new "roadmap" unveiled today details the path Iowa needs to take to cash in on the nation's energy future. The Great Plains Institute's "Powering the Plains" roadmap was plotted by business, environmental, agriculture, and government groups interested in meeting energy needs affordably, and reducing the pollution that scientists have connected to climate change.

Dave Miller with the Iowa Farm Bureau says it was conceived to find ways for Iowa to add value to its energy and agriculture sectors and reduce the threat of pollution-induced climate change at the same time.

"(It's about) fulfilling the energy needs of the Upper Midwest, creating significant economic activity by utilizing our natural resources and reducing the carbon footprint of that energy production."

Miller explains that the plan shows what types of policy incentives could help the transition, and suggests that it will require focused involvement and cooperation from private industry, non-profit organizations and government.

"The government has a significant role in setting standards of performance and can play a role in stimulating early research and development."

According to the report, Iowa's abundance in natural energy resources like wind and bio fuels can be used to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, meet projected electric demand, save taxpayers billions, and create local economic development over next half century.

Dick Layman/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - IA