IS PART OF IOWA AND
AMERICA'S ENERGY FUTURE
LAND & LIBERTY COALITION LAUNCHES IN IOWA
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020
DES MOINES – The Land & Liberty Coalition (L&LC), a Midwestern grassroots organization already advocating for clean energy development in Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, announced its official Iowa launch today. The Coalition partners with local citizens, landowners, clean energy advocates and policymakers to promote commonsense policies that advance renewable energy while protecting and benefiting local communities. By providing relevant information and helping citizens organize as effective advocates, L&LC empowers individuals and communities to take control of their energy future.
“Market forces are driving the transition to renewable energy across the Midwest, and Iowa stands to benefit tremendously from the lower costs and greater reliability of a diverse energy mix,” said Nick Boeyink, field operations director of The Iowa Land & Liberty Coalition. “Large scale wind and solar developments are increasingly common in rural Iowa, and local residents are experiencing new economic development opportunities, local job growth, and additional tax revenues for schools, roads, and emergency services. The Land & Liberty Coalition wants to help even more communities across the state experience those same benefits.”
The Iowa Land & Liberty Coalition is a project of the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum (ICEF), a conservative clean energy organization focused on state-level policy. The two organizations share a free-market approach to energy policy that prioritizes affordability, reliability, competition, and innovation.
“Iowa farmers and landowners are the bedrock of our state and by partnering with them to engage in utility-scale siting efforts we hope to advance energy policies that make way for clean energy while respecting property rights,” said Jake Ketzner, ICEF executive director. “Through the Land & Liberty Coalition, ICEF is enabling communities and individuals to capitalize on the many benefits of clean energy development and guaranteeing that Iowans can use their property as they see fit. We stand ready to offer the information and support needed to navigate the integration of energy generation and rural Iowa.”
For more information, visit www.LandandLibertyCoalition.com.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WEDNESDAY, MAY 8, 2019
DES MOINES – A group of well-known Iowa conservatives have formed a nonprofit organization to support clean energy solutions to benefit the Iowa economy, improve the environment and strengthen our national security.
“We're committed to educating and engaging everyday Iowans and our elected officials in common-sense energy policies that will benefit our state, nation and world today, tomorrow and far into the future," said Jake Ketzner, executive director of the newly formed Iowa Conservative Energy Forum.
IOWA CONSERVATIVES LAUNCH CLEAN ENERGY GROUP
Did You Know?
Across Iowa, clean and readily abundant forms of energy are powering more homes and businesses than ever before. In 2017, Iowa ranked first in the nation for share of electricity provided by wind energy and third in the nation in installed wind capacity. In 2018, Iowa is on track to double installed solar capacity over the last two years alone.
Clean energy is part of Iowa and America’s energy future. It includes generation from renewable sources such as wind, solar, hydro, biogas, renewable natural gas, waste to energy, and geothermal sources, but it also includes nuclear, natural gas, and carbon capture technologies as well as energy storage.
The clean energy sector is a growing part of the economy and has been a key driver of economic growth in Iowa in recent years with over 20,000 Iowans currently employed in the clean energy sector. As Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds recognized during her September 2018 proclamation of Clean Energy Week in Iowa, "these jobs that cannot be outsourced due to the on-site nature of construction, installation, and maintenance. Clean energy jobs are inherently local and contribute to the growth of local economies.”
According to an August 2018 statewide survey conducted by the highly respected polling firm Public Opinion Strategies, Iowa Conservatives agree with Governor Reynolds in recognizing the importance of clean energy powering not only Iowa’s homes and businesses, but powering our economy.
78 percent of Iowa Conservatives believe Iowa should pursue an all-of-the-above energy strategy, which means lowering dependence on fossil fuels and allowing an increase in electric generation from emerging technologies like renewable energy as well as more energy efficiency.
85 percent of Iowa Conservatives believe Iowa should continue or place more emphasis on producing energy from solar power.
83 percent of Iowa Conservatives believe Iowa should continue or place more emphasis on producing energy from wind.
93 percent of Iowa Conservatives believe farmers and other landowners have the right to lease their land to wind companies.
77 percent of Iowa Conservatives believe wind projects are a benefit to their counties.
Iowa Conservatives say “creating good paying jobs” is the most important priority for Iowa’s decision-makers to consider when setting Iowa’s energy policy.