In Iowa, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the government agency that leads Iowans in caring for their natural resources. The DNR’s mission is to conserve and enhance state natural resources in cooperation with individuals and organizations, and to improve the quality of life for Iowans. It ensures a legacy for future generations.
The DNR is responsible for:
- maintaining state parks and forests;
- protecting the environment;
- managing energy, fish, and wildlife; and
- managing land and water resources in the state.
The DNR helps Iowa citizens, businesses and communities by creating a cleaner environment and stronger economy through the sustainable use of natural resources. In order to meet the goal, the DNR promotes effective waste management and pollution prevention activities. Additionally, the DNR is responsible for energy emergency preparedness and tracking energy consumption data for the state.
The Office of Energy Independence (OEI) is the energy division of The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The OEI sets the strategic direction for Iowa’s clean energy future by identifying goals to achieve desired results. The OEI aligns state government efforts for achieving energy independence through partnerships with business and industry, community leaders, government, public agencies, and other stakeholders.
The OEI implements Energy Independence Plans. The BEST program launched by the OEI provides financing, technical assistance, and program management to install energy efficient and renewable energy projects. The BEST program helped Iowans save about $200 million in energy costs.
In Iowa, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) is a quasi-judicial tribunal, which regulates telecommunications, transportation, electric, and natural gas services in Iowa. The IUB regulates utilities to ensure that reasonably priced, reliable, environmentally responsible, and safe utility services are available to all Iowans. The IUB is valued as the regulatory expert and solutions-oriented partner in electric, natural gas, and telecommunications issues. The IUB, as a fact-finding body, hears evidence in cases filed before it and makes decisions based on the evidence presented. The IUB makes decisions that balance the interests of all parties to ensure the utilities. It provides adequate and reliable service at reasonable prices.