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Kelley promotes Newton Renewable Energy jobs in DC

Published: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 10:07 a.m. CST • Updated: Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2014 10:22 a.m. CST
Rep. Dan Kelley

State Representative Dan Kelley, of Newton, spent time promoting the Renewable Fuels Standard and the Wind Production Tax Credits to the White House and the United States Congress last week. He was also in attendance at a national conference dedicated to exploring policy solutions to climate change and clean energy solutions in Chicago.

Kelley along with fellow legislators from around the country spoke to a number of officials at the White House including Dan Utech, Special Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change. Kelley also thanked Congressman Dave Loebsack for his support of the continuation of the Renewable Fuels Standard, and encouraged the rest of Iowa’s congressional delegation to support it as well.

This issue is vital in Iowa because the state is the leader in renewable fuels production. In Jasper County, REG Newton bio-diesel plant recently opened a $13.2 million expansion which will bring more jobs to Newton.

At the National Caucus of Environmental Legislators conference in Chicago, Kelley worked with fellow legislators from around the country to come together to learn more about policy solutions for tackling climate change and create proactive policy in the coming legislative session.

The National Caucus of Environmental Legislators sponsored Kelley’s trips and conferences.