All credentialed media are invited to a reception Friday night before the Iowa straw poll in honor of Republican Gov. Terry Branstad, whose policies in 1983 sparked the industry that now makes 20 percent of Iowa's electricity from wind.
Matt Strawn, chairman of the Republican Party of Iowa, will join Branstad and Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, at the wind power party, from 5:30 to 7:30 in the Iowa State Center's Scheman Building. An evening of hors d'oeuvres, drinks, music, and fun wind-related activities is planned.
Nearby, "candidates' row" has been decorated by a 130-foot wind turbine blade made in Newton, Iowa. Candidates and straw poll voters are signing their names to the blade, as Branstad will do Saturday morning at 10 am.
Branstad and Gov. Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island recently led 24 governors in a letter seeking six national policies to sustain jobs, homegrown energy, and economic development from wind power, such as Iowa has enjoyed. (Full text is available at governorswindenergycoalition.org.)
Other state Republicans who have led Iowa's wind energy revolution include Sen. Charles Grassley, father of the Production Tax Credit for renewable energy, which for several years has helped the wind energy industry grow with stable tax rates.
WHO: Denise Bode, CEO, American Wind Energy Association
The Honorable Terry Branstad,Governor of Iowa (R)
Harold Prior, Executive Director, Iowa Wind Energy Association
Dave Drescher, Exelon
Shane Sterling, Availon
Steve Lockard, TPI Composites
Mark Parriot, TPI Composites
Jeff Bishop, EDP Renewables
WHEN: Friday, August 12, 2011
5:30 – 7:30pm
WHERE: Scheman Building
Iowa State Center, Ames, IA