New Coalition Reveals Plan to Create Jobs and Cut Energy Costs in Iowa
Leaders in energy and transportation across Iowa have developed a plan to jumpstart our economy and reinvigorate our workforce while moving Iowa towards a cleaner, reliable, and more affordable energy future. Iowa has been a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We need to do much more to achieve the full benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency for our state. This is important for our economy, energy security, public health, the environment, and long‐term prosperity.
Tuesday, July 10th, the Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020 (IREJ2020) coalition will present their plan to create 20,000 clean energy jobs and save consumers at least $1 billion in energy costs per year by 2020.
The announcement will be marked with a premiere event on the western steps of the Iowa State Capitol Building in Des Moines at 11 a.m., with satellite events coordinated throughout the day in other cities, including Cedar Rapids, Iowa City, Dubuque, and Muscatine.
Speakers at the 11 a.m. Des Moines event include:
- Sonia Ashe, Iowa Public Interest Research Group (Moderator)
- Susan Guy, Iowa Interfaith Power & Light
- Robert Mulqueen, former Senior Policy Analyst at Iowa Department of Economic Development & Chairman of the Iowa Office of Energy Independence
- Barb Andersen, Public Transportation Policy and Planning Manager, Des Moines Downtown Community Alliance
Satellite Events: Coalition partners with IREJ2020 will also be hosting local press events to highlight local need and support for forward thinking energy and transportation solutions.
- Cedar Rapids: July 10, noon at Iowa Renewable Energy Training Center / Prairiewoods (120 E Boyson Rd, Hiawatha) – hosted by I-RENEW
- Iowa City: July 10, 1 p.m. at Iowa City Public Library, Room E (123 S. Linn St., Iowa City) – hosted by Iowa PSR & UofI College of Engineering
- Dubuque: July 10, 2 p.m., at Eagle Point Solar & Green (923 Peru Rd, Dubuque) – hosted by Eagle Point Solar & Green
- Muscatine: July 10, 2 p.m. at the Muscatine Fire Department (2124 Stewart Rd, Muscatine) – hosted by Clean Muscatine & Muscatine City Council
Visuals will be available with attending participants and supporters wearing green hard hats for “green jobs” and large‐scale posters displaying key elements of the IREJ2020 plan.