Iowa is one of four states selected to work with the National Governors Association (NGA) in an effort to improve industrial use of combined heat and power and enhance economic development. To view the NGA press release, please click here.
The Iowa members of the NGA’s Policy Academy on Enhancing Industry through Energy Efficiency and Combined Heat and Power will be comprised of a core team from the Iowa Utilities Board (Gordon Dunn – project lead), the Iowa Economic Development Authority (Paritosh Kasotia), members provided by the electric and natural gas utility industry (Naomi Czachura, Vice President for Rates and Regulatory Strategy with MidAmerican Energy Company), (Jim Dillon, Program Manager for Energy Efficiency, Black Hills Energy Company), and a representative from Governor Branstad’s office.
The NGA Policy Academy effort in Iowa will begin with an initial site visit from NGA staff to formalize Iowa’s vision for the Academy, review and prioritize goals, and identify any further technical assistance needs. Details on the site-visit are below.
• Date: Tuesday, October 2, 2012
• Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
• Location: IUB/OCA Building, 1375 East Court Avenue, Des Moines, IA, Conference Rooms 1 and 2
• Capitol Complex Map: Click here: http://das.iowa.gov/images/pdf/capitol_parking.pdf
The public is welcome to attend the workshop. The focus of the morning and early afternoon session will be on further development of project goals, identification of challenges, and identification/prioritization of tasks.
Any stakeholders wishing to provide input or comments will have an opportunity during the afternoon session between 2:30 and 4:00 P.M.
The agenda for the Site Visit will include the following:
• Team lead Gordon Dunn will outline the challenges that Iowa faces and the general goals for the Academy process.
• NGA staff will make a presentation summarizing the Policy Academy process, goals and outcomes.
• NGA staff will facilitate group discussions to refine key challenges to advancing industrial energy efficiency and CHP, develop a team vision statement, and identify and prioritize a list of goals for the Academy process.
• At approximately 2:30 P.M., a round-table discussion will commence, to provide an opportunity for persons and organizations interested in the subject of CHP to provide brief introductions and statements of their expertise and interests. If time permits, attendees will discuss next steps in the Iowa Policy Academy CHP project.
If you would like to attend the afternoon portion of the meeting, please RSVP Paritosh Kasotia at Paritosh.firstname.lastname@example.org or 515-725-0434 indicating your name and affiliation. If you wish, you may bring a written description of your interests in or views of CHP at the NGA site-visit meeting.
More information on this Policy Academy can be found by clicking here: http://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/business/energy.aspx.