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Business group forms to back clean energy

By: - September 22, 2020 9:58 am

Iowa has a growing wind energy industry. (Photo courtesy of the American Wind Energy Association)

Iowa business leaders on Tuesday launched a new organization, Iowa Business for Clean Energy, to support affordable, clean energy.

The group is a network of customers, industry professionals, producers and suppliers. They include the management of the Iowa 80 Truck Stop in Walcott. 

“As companies like ours look to better serve our customers through renewable energy and a more sustainable operation, it’s important that we have a seat at the table for energy discussions that (affect) us,” Delia Moon-Meier, senior vice president at the Iowa 80 Group, said in a statement. The truck stop was in the middle of a controversy with Alliant Energy and the Iowa Utilities Board in 2018 over how the business would set prices for recharging electric vehicles.

 The business group supports low-cost energy as a way to make Iowa’s business climate competitive. 

“Consumers have expectations for not only quality products and services, but a desire to do business with organizations that are mission-aligned with their ideals,” former state lawmaker Rob Taylor, founder of Revelton Distilling Co., said in a statement. The distillery plans to use solar energy.

IBCE will continue to develop a statewide network of professionals that care about Iowa’s business climate, and plans to host ongoing meetings and events throughout the state to raise awareness about how energy policy can provide a more competitive energy environment in Iowa. Improved policies for the state can lead to greater clean energy adoption and increased energy efficiency, which would produce the lowest, most competitive, least bureaucratic energy environment for Iowa businesses.

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