Culver picks energy office leader

Culver picks energy office leader

There are 1 comment on the Des Moines Register story from Aug 10, 2007, titled Culver picks energy office leader. In it, Des Moines Register reports that:

“Remaining a leader in the nation is clearly important to the state”

Gov. Chet Culver tapped Roya Stanley on Monday as Iowa's new energy czar, a position pivotal to setting the state's renewable-energy policy and guiding investment of the new $100 million Iowa Power Fund. via Des Moines Register

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Terry_S_Cory_PE

Cedar Rapids, IA

#1 Aug 21, 2007
Is renewable power really Iowa's #1 renewable energy priority. Consider the following:
If Iowa wants to become the U.S. renewable energy capital, it would seem that the primary goal should be to stimulate E85 usage in the state….in support of the economic commitment to ethanol. This includes filling station infrastructure as well as flex-fuel vehicle sales. And the bottom line lies in convincing the public to use this fuel, hence creating demand.
I recently purchased a flex-fuel vehicle and discovered that Cedar Rapids has no E85 stations. Marion has one, at the Linn County Coop…and the pump is not in front of the station with the gasoline and diesel. On inquiring, I was informed that the pump was “out back.” What is wrong with this picture, considering Iowa’s stated energy goal? During the same period, I noted that there were flex-fuel vehicles available for sale on dealer’s lots. Who within the current State administration is working this problem?
Maybe it’s not important for Iowa to set an example here.. Yes, it may be a reach to think that an example set in Iowa could proliferate nation-wide. If that happens, more ethanol than Iowa could possibly produce alone would be needed….and additional ethanol from Brazil may be needed.
It doesn’t take rocket science to show that assuring a smooth glitch-free transition from gasoline to E85 will have more impact on Iowa’s overall economy than any other. Also, with a proactive marketing program stimulating Iowa usage, the nay-sayer’s concerns about investing in more ethanol production are less likely to materialize. Conversely, if the public does not buy into ethanol, the negative economic impact in Iowa might be serious.
Provider businesses including auto dealers, vehicle services and parts, and transportation account for 5.5-6 percent of Iowa employment…or about 100,000 jobs. If construction and farm equipment manufacturing is included, the percent of jobs directly linked to fuel energy economics tops 7 percent. Adding another 188,000 jobs representing farming operations as value-added-user energy economics and the affected employment rises to 18.6 percent.
The news media has been rather silent of the upside of ethanol production… perhaps reflecting a lack of State government interest in a hard-sell marketing campaign targeting citizens. The State will have to spend some money on advertising and on incentives to prime the pump of E85 usage…much the same situation automakers face daily.
A 17% reduction in oil consumption is needed to make the U.S. independent of oil from the Persian gulf and from Venezuela
It is well to remember that every 31 days, we send a billion dollars to Iraq alone, and every 7.3 days we send a billion dollars to the Mid-East including Iraq, and every 11 days we send a billion dollars to Venezuela. Every 3 days we send 1 billion dollars to OPEC overall.
Does it make any Iowans angry that we may be financing both sides of the Iraq war.
Terry S. Cory, P.E.

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