Conservative Leaders Gather in Iowa for Energy Conclave

The CRES team joined the Conservative Energy Network (CEN) in Des Moines, Iowa, for the CEN Conclave. The Conclave is an annual event that brings together CEN coalition members from 24 states across the country, technical experts, industry representatives, and policymakers; and its placement in Iowa was especially appropriate. 

Iowa has paved the way for clean energy development, from biofuels and carbon capture to wind and solar power. U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Rep. Zach Nunn (R-Iowa), and Iowa Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg addressed the group and spoke to Iowa’s energy leadership and the importance of expanding clean resources. 

CRES President Heather Reams participated in a panel discussion with CEN Director of External Affairs Tyler Duvelius and Civitas Public Affairs Senior Associate Will Devine about clean energy opportunities at the federal level. From permitting reform to tax credits, clean energy advocates have numerous priorities in the nation’s capital. Heather highlighted the Conservative Climate Caucus, led by Rep. John Curtis (R-Utah), and the annual CRES and CEN congressional fly-in as evidence that Members of Congress are serious about support for affordable, reliable, and clean American energy. 

In addition to being a hotbed for 2024 political candidates, the Iowa State Fair also served as a gathering place for conservative energy leaders. Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds declared Wednesday, August 16, to be Solar Day, and fair attendees joined CRES and CEN in celebrating the benefits of clean energy development in the Hawkeye State and across the country. 

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