The Energy Chronicles

USGBC Hosts Legislative Preview

The 2014 Iowa legislative session is underway! Sunday we attended a legislative preview hosted by the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Those in attendance were able to discuss environmental issues and concerns as well as hear about related legislative priorities for the 2014 session.

In attendance were key democratic members of Iowa House Committees and 10-12 groups, representing environmental-and energy-focused groups and businesses. Marti Anderson, Chris Hall, Curtis Hanson, Dave Jacoby, and Jo Oldson were in attendance, among other representatives. Representative Chuck Isenhart, a ranking member on the House Environmental Protection Committee, kicked off the event and many topics were discussed.

One hot topic was the possible reintroduction of PACE legislation. PACE, which stands for Property Assessed Clean Energy, seeks to finance clean energy projects through local governments. Participating property owners could finance energy saving projects and repay them as a property assessed tax for up to 20 years. When the owner sells and/or moves away the equipment remains, as does the fee.

It is important to note that participation in PACE is completely voluntary and those who choose not to participate see no change to their property taxes or assessments. To date 31 states have enabled PACE legislation.

We were also able to connect with Tim Dwight and learn about some of the great projects his company, iPower, is working on.

Big thanks to USGBC’s Iowa Chapter for hosting this special event and to the representatives who took the time to attend.


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