Governor Reynolds named Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association for 2019

Iowa Governor, Kim Reynolds, will serve as Chair of the Midwestern Governors Association for 2019. Governor Reynolds will head MGA leadership, with Minnesota’s Tim Walz as Vice-Chair.

Reynolds welcomed the challenge, saying, “Serving as MGA chair is another opportunity to spearhead important policy discussions and make a difference for Iowans. It ensures our voice is heard and our state’s innovative thinking becomes a model for others to follow,” said Gov. Reynolds. “When it comes to energy, advanced manufacturing, international trade, and agricultural production, it’s crucial that America’s Heartland remains aligned to advance our priorities.”

The Association says Governor Reynolds’ agenda will focus on creating a more secure and modern electric grid in the Midwest. The effort was initiated because of the promise, and the related problems, in delivering more energy from source to load (i.e., energy consumers) in the region. Under Governor Reynolds, the association, will bring together the energy policy and utility regulatory staffs, as well as the Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and stakeholders, to establish a long-term transmission grid vision for the region.

“Providing high-level state energy and transmission policy guidance for the region will provide benefits for decades” said MGA executive director Jesse Heier. “The Midwest has tremendous energy resources and creating workable plans that will support the construction of interstate transmission lines has the potential to provide great economic output for the Midwest by facilitating renewable energy generation resources development while maintaining transmission reliability.”
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