Iowa was one of five states chosen from around the country to work with the National Governors Association (NGA) in an effort to improve industrial use of combined heat and power and enhance economic development. The academy began in October 2012 and was completed in April 2013. Other states included in the Policy Academy were Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois and Tennessee. The NGA supported this inter-agency effort with technical assistance and expertise, workshop training, in-state visits and grant funding of $12,000.
Iowa has a very diverse manufacturing base, which creates both challenges and opportunities for combined heat and power. The scope of Iowa's Combined Heat and Power Policy Academy was to address CHP across a broad range of industries in order to better define the opportunities, barriers and types of policies which would facilitate progress in Iowa. In addition, the team gathered information about the status of the existing stock of Iowa CHP to help assess potential age-related impacts on Iowa's electrical supply/demand balance.
The goals of this effort were to identify potential obstacles to cost-effective, large-scale combined heat and power and to ascertain the best means of bypassing hurdles and facilitating CHP improvements and economic competitiveness in Iowa.
The core team was comprised of staff from the Iowa Utilities Board (lead agency), Iowa Economic Development Authority, two representatives from the utility industry and one representative from Governor Terry Branstad's office.
Please refer to the Iowa Economic Development Authority Web page for more information on the team's activities.