For more information contact:
Tina Hoffman, Iowa Economic Development Authority
The state of Iowa to Create a Statewide Energy Plan
Issues a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a provider to assist
July 6, 2015 (DES MOINES, IA) –
The state of Iowa, through the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) and the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to seek proposals from bidders to assist with development of a state energy plan for Iowa. The full RFQ can be accessed at: iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/rfp
or on the state’s bid opportunities site at: http://bidopportunities.iowa.gov/?pgname=viewrfp&rfp_id=11523
. Proposals are due August 7, 2015, and will be the first step in the process to develop a statewide energy plan.
An energy plan is a means to set state priorities and provide strategic guidance with decision-making. The Iowa Energy Plan will include an assessment of current and future energy supply and demand, examine existing energy policies and programs, and identify emerging energy challenges and opportunities. It will work to encourage energy, economic and environmental benefits through the goals and recommendations that form during the planning process. Iowa’s Energy Plan will synthesize both the existing state energy goals and strategies that are beneficial for the state, as well as new goals and energy strategies to position Iowa for the future.
Upon selection of a provider, working groups will be formed to provide input, review data and shape the goals and strategies of the energy plan. The working groups will focus in the areas of Economic Development and Energy Careers, Iowa’s Energy Resources, Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency and Conservation. Subtopics may include but are not limited to: assessing energy workforce needs/ requirements from an industry perspective, leveraging Iowa’s biomass resources for development of biofuels and biorenewable chemicals, alternative fuels and movement of goods, energy assurance/security and strategies to lower energy demand. Additionally, five energy forums will be conducted across the state to facilitate public input for the Iowa Energy Plan.
IEDA houses the Iowa Energy Office, which coordinates a variety of state and federal programs related to energy. IEDA will act as the lead agency in overseeing the development of the plan, while other state agencies and offices with energy-related functions will serve in an advisory and informational capacity during the plan development.