As chairman of the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum (ICEF), I would like to extend my appreciation and thanks to Sen. Joni Ernst, Sen. Chuck Grassley and congressional candidate Randy Feenstra for taking the time to listen to Iowa conservative energy leaders at our recent virtual “fly-in” meeting and supporting future developments in renewable energy.

ICEF is a member of the Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a national coalition of 21 state-based organizations that seek to advance clean energy solutions based on conservative principles. CEN partnered with CRES Forum to meet with federal lawmakers to talk about conservative clean energy issues and bringing jobs to their states and communities. ICEF held initial meetings with Sens. Ernst and Grassley in D.C. a year ago and respecting the COVID-19 pandemic, we opted to connect this year in a virtual fashion.

Our conversations centered on clean energy policies that support our renewable fuel industry and enhance the solar tax credit, and how energy investments boost Iowa’s economy and create much-needed jobs.

Grassley, the grandfather of wind energy, Feenstra and Ernst all recognize the value of clean energy and provide a thoughtful, conservative approach on renewables. Continuing discussions with them encourages innovation, paves the way for economic recovery in communities across Iowa and creates opportunities for generations to come.

Thank you all for your hard work and representation of Iowa’s conservative voices on energy and investing in Iowa’s future.

Ray Gaesser,