Iowa is one of four states chosen from around the country to work with the National Governors Association (NGA) in an effort to improve industrial use of combined heat and power and enhance economic development. The academy begins in October 2012 and will run through April 2013. Other Policy Academy states are Alabama, Arkansas and Illinois. The NGA will support this inter-agency effort with technical assistance and expertise, workshop training, in-state visits and grant funding of $12,000.
Iowa has a very diverse manufacturing base, which creates both challenges and opportunities for combined heat and power. The scope of Iowa’s Combined Heat and Power Policy Academy will be to address CHP across a broad range of industries in order to better define the opportunities, barriers and types of policies which would facilitate progress in Iowa. In addition, more information about the current status of the existing stock of Iowa CHP will help utilities and policymakers assess potential age-related impacts on Iowa’s electrical supply/demand balance.
The goals of this effort are to identify potential obstacles to cost-effective, large-scale combined heat and power and to ascertain the best means of bypassing hurdles and facilitating CHP improvements and economic competitiveness in Iowa.
The Iowa Policy Academy team is composed of five core team members who will solicit additional information and expertise from other Iowa CHP stakeholders. The core team will be comprised of staff from the Iowa Utilities Board (lead agency), Iowa Economic Development Authority, two representatives from the utility industry and one representative from Governor Terry Branstad’s office.
Visit www.state.ia.us/iub/docs/news_releases/2012/0907_NGA.pdf to access IUB/IEDA’s joint press release on the NGA Policy Academy.
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