Next Wind Energy Challenge: Transmission Lines

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Governor Terry Branstad speaking before the Iowa Wind Energy Association meeting in West Des Moines. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

Governor Terry Branstad speaking before the Iowa Wind Energy Association meeting in West Des Moines. (Roger Riley WHO-HD)

WEST DES MOINES, Iowa- Governor Branstad called on the Federal Government to look at Iowa’s entire renewable energy strategy going back as far as 1983.  The Governor, speaking before the Iowa Wind Energy Association said new efforts by the government to assess clean energy generation only go back as far as 2005.

Branstad is wanting the Feds to credit all of Iowa’s work on clean energy, over his entire terms as Governor. Branstad said setting a random time to look at a states’ work is not fair to Iowa.

The Federal Government is trying to come up with a new plan for building a way  to transmit power generated in rural states like Iowa, to metro areas where the power is needed, like Chicago.