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The red state with an energy blueprint

Written by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds, The Hill Opinion Contributor

Renewable energy is one of the fastest growing sectors of the American economy, but we’ve only just begun. Iowa’s combined wind and solar potential can meet our current electricity needs more than 150 times over. There’s no question these technologies can be integrated affordably and reliably into the electric grid – and you don’t have to look any further than Iowa to see how it can be done well. Read the entire opinion here.

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New best friends: GOP governors and renewables

By Benjamin Storrow, E&E News reporter, Climatewire

A number of Republican governors, like Iowa’s Kim Reynolds support clean energy programs. Unlike their Democratic counterparts, who are apt to cite climate benefits of clean energy initiatives, Republicans are content to focus on economic benefits.

Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval is fresh off a legislative session in which he signed nine bills aimed at supporting the clean energy sector. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott recently signed a tax exemption that solar installers say is essential to jump-starting the residential and commercial market in the Sunshine State. And in Iowa, where wind now accounts for 36 percent of the state’s electricity generation, newly installed Gov. Kim Reynolds recently finished an energy plan that calls for growing the wind, biofuels and solar industries. “For years, our fields have fed the world. Now, they energize it”

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Kim Reynolds becomes Iowa’s first female governor

KCCI Des Moines

Governor Terry Branstad has stepped down [to serve as U.S. Ambassador to China] and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds has become the 43rd governor of Iowa. . . She told an audience Wednesday at the Iowa Capitol she wants to reform the state tax code and encourage innovation in energy production, especially wind power and renewable fuels. She wants to stress science, technology, engineering and math education in K-12 schools and expand workforce training for adults. Read more here.