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Kerri Johannsen is Energy Program Director with the Iowa Environmental Council. She has over a decade of experience in energy policy, most recently serving as the Council’s Manager of Government Affairs, leading state-level legislative strategy. She previously developed energy policy with the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee, administered the Iowa Power Fund for innovative clean energy projects, and worked as an analyst and Legislative Liaison with the Iowa Utilities Board before joining the Council in 2016. Johannsen has a B.A. from Gustavus Adolphus College and a Master’s in Public Policy from the Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.
In 2023, the Iowa legislature adopted HF 617, which requires the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) to undertake a review of utility ratemaking laws in Iowa and recommend changes at the start of the 2024 legislative session. In this post, IEC shares what we and our coalition partners are seeking to gain for Iowa ratepayers by engaging in this process.
We know it seems strange for groups like IEC to challenge MidAmerican's plans to construct more wind in Iowa, even as we're calling for MidAmerican to shut down its Iowa coal plants or setting goals for our state to be using 100% carbon-free energy by 2035. But those goals are the exact reason why we're questioning MidAmerican's latest project.
IEC's energy program director Kerri Johannsen reflects on the passage of the Inflation Reduction Act, and the tools Iowans can leverage to navigate new opportunities created by the law to access clean energy and its benefits.
On March 12, 2020, Governor Reynolds signed SF 583 – a bill IEC and our partners had dubbed the “Sunshine Tax” that failed a year earlier. In the course of that year, Senate File 583 evolved into something that is rarely achieved: legislation with unanimous support from both political parties in both houses of the legislature.
The 2018 Legislative Session was a year of highs and lows, with hard-fought battles over protection of Iowa's water and land and clean energy leadership. The Council did not win every round, but with our supporters we changed the direction of the conversation on many issues.
The session is over and the consequences are real, but the Council's policy, advocacy and regulatory work outside of Session will only improve our position going into 2018.
Governor Branstad unveiled his budget recommendations for the remainder of fiscal year 17 and for fiscal years 18 and 19. Unfortunately, his recommendations will not lead to the aggressive action required to address our water quality problems.
We are excited to announce the legislative priorities we have developed in partnership with our members, our member organizations and our board for the 2017 legislative session. With your help, we can make Iowa a safer, healthier and more beautiful state!
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