Iowa Energy Plan Unveiled 12/26/2007 | Iowa released an energy plan in mid December 2007, calling for California-style emission standards for new cars sold in the state, massive cuts in greenhouse-gas emissions, new renewable-energy and energy-efficiency requirements for utilities, a bigger push for renewable fuels, and a labeling system for energy-efficient buildings.The Iowa Office of Energy Independence was created to recommend ways Iowa could become energy independent by 2025. Currently, 95 percent of the state's power comes from outside sources. This figure has change little in the past 25 years. Iowa's wind power has grown, but in a climate with relatively low requirements for renewable power. The state has no vehicle emission standards at this point, but the regulations to come could potentially raise the price of cars.Iowa's new energy plan calls for greenhouse-gas emissions reductions just as Iowa regulators consider approval of new coal-burning power plants in Marshalltown and Waterloo. Iowa Governor Chet Culver and energy director Roya Stanley have declined to take positions regarding these projects, but have said that coal use is unavoidable at this point in time.Among the recommendations to the Iowa Legislature are these policies: Join 16 states that have adopted or are considering adopting the California emission standards for passenger vehicles.Set standards to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions 80 percent by 2050.Encourage Iowa production of cost-effective, renewably generated electricity.Accelerate the infrastructure development and use of renewable fuels for all transportation in Iowa.Direct power companies to increase energy-efficiency efforts, with increased education.Order the Iowa Department of Natural Resources to consider a facility's greenhouse-gas emissions when considering whether to approve air permits.Mandatory energy audits and energy-efficiency projects at all state-owned buildings, and new energy standards for new buildings.Encouragement of telecommuting, ride shares, and use of public transit by state employees.Plan improvements to power lines, pipelines, railroads, trails, and roads needed to promote energy independence.Set numeric goals for cost-effective energy-efficiency measures.Require utilities to provide more renewable energy, and provide incentives.Develop and enforce energy codes for new and old buildings, and provide incentives for projects that exceed the minimum requirements.Adopt a new labeling system for residential, commercial, and industrial complexes that promotes energy-efficiency achievements. Previous ArticleNext ArticleENERGY STAR Announces 2013 Upgrade of Portfolio Manager Read more on Green Building Operations » Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Share Share Other Open Social Related Coverage NIBS Releases Recommendations for the Trump Administration Climate Resilience in 5 Steps Is Your Building Endangering Birds? Related Articles Green Building Operations Creating a Recycling Program Green Building Operations Office Refresh – Welcoming Millennials with a Modern Office Green Building Operations Fix a Glaring Issue in Your Building with Electrochromic Windows Green Building Operations How to Create Healthy Commercial Developments Life/Fire Safety 7 Most Essential NFPA® Standards for Building Owners Sustainability / Resilience How to Future-Proof Your Building Building Controls The First Steps of Adding Intelligence to Your Facility Energy Management How to Increase Productivity and Engagement in Outdoor Spaces Building Controls Fine-Tuning HVAC Controls for Maximum Efficiency Related Articles 26 Most Innovative Products for Interiors in 2018 DALI Explained Is Your Healthcare Facility Equipped for the Digital Age? What Are the Best Practices to Reduce Plug Loads? The New Energy Resiliency and an Interview with President George W. Bush Sponsored Links Smart roof systems improve building energy efficiency. Polyglass’ Polyfresko® cap sheets with CURE Technology® saves on energy. Engineered to perform, Polyfresko has superior granule adhesion and excellent puncture, stain and UV resistance. Increase profitability by cleaning smarter and transforming your building into a high performing asset. Get tips from High Performance Building experts Whether it’s earning an IREM credential or increasing your job skills, any goal in property management can be accomplished with IREM education. Click here to visit our website!