Reynolds sworn in as Iowa governor, highlights renewable fuels

By Staff Report | May 25, 2017

In her first remarks as the governor of Iowa on May 24, Kim Reynolds outlined her main goals for her work as the state’s first female governor. Among them is innovating Iowa’s energy policy.

“We must view our rich, renewable resources in ways never thought possible,” she said. “For years, our fields have fed the world. Now, they energize it. They produce products that fuel cars and they host wind turbines that power our communities and businesses. And yet, those fields are filled with untapped potential. Our energy plan will help us continue to lead the way in wind energy and renewable fuels. Working together, we can have the most innovative energy policy in the country.”

Reynolds served as lieutenant governor for Gov. Terry Branstad, who was sworn in as U.S. ambassador to China on May 24.

Monte Shaw, executive director of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, commended Reynolds on her commitment to the state’s biofuels sector. “Iowa is blessed to have one of the most energetic renewable fuels supporters as governor be succeeded by another leader just as focused on the energy potential of Iowa’s fields and farmers,” Shaw said in a statement. “IRFA couldn’t agree more with Gov. Reynolds that there remains great untapped potential for ethanol and biodiesel production and use in Iowa.  We stand committed to working beside Gov. Reynolds to enact the most innovative energy policy in the country and to pursue the Iowa Energy Plan’s goal of proving the real-world benefits of higher ethanol blends like E30 through real-world testing conducted right here in Iowa.”

Reynolds is the 43rd governor of Iowa. Her other goals for her term include reforming the state’s tax structure and improving education and training for children and adults. “We can pursue a bold vision of innovation, ingenuity and growth such that our chapter in the history of Iowa will be filled with great accomplishments, with page upon page about how we made Iowa an even better place to live, work, innovate, create and raise a family.”