" “Jim (Gossett) doesn’t put limits on what’s possible. He is an outstanding leader, and I was proud to partner with him.” " Gov. Kim Reynolds

Gov. Kim Reynolds
Gov. Kim Reynolds

June 21, 2017

Des Moines

Gov. Kim Reynolds tells the Daily Times Herald a Carroll County leader helped construct a wide-ranging energy plan for Iowa, one the newly installed governor highlights as central for economic growth in the Hawkeye State.

Jim Gossett, director of economic development and key accounts for Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative, served on the working group that formulated the recently released Iowa Energy Plan aimed at boosting the economy and taking advantage of emerging power sources.

The plan, Reynolds said, is intensely focused on the needs of rural Iowa.

“My vision for building a better Iowa includes developing the most-innovative energy policy in the country,” Reynolds said. “I know Jim Gossett shares in that vision. He understands how crucial energy innovation is for economic development, especially in rural areas. Jim doesn’t put limits on what’s possible. He is an outstanding leader, and I was proud to partner with him in developing the Iowa Energy Plan.”

Gossett is a former executive director of the Carroll Area Development Corporation and current board member of that organization.

Among the other members of the Iowa Energy plan working group were representatives of Iowa State University, Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance, Center for Rural Affairs, MidAmerican Energy, the City of Dubuque and Alliant Energy.

According to the Iowa Energy Plan, the state currently generates 35.8 percent of its electricity from wind power, generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 1.6 million average U.S. households.

The plan lays out key focus areas: Energy workforce development, research and development, support for rural and underserved areas, natural gas expansion, biomass potential and alternative vehicle development,

Specifically, the plan suggests a growing electric-vehicle market, and the development of charging stations and infrastructure across Iowa, which it cites as a potential boon for the state.

Ethanol and biodiesel, essential to the farm economy, figure prominently in the plan, as does electric-grid modification.

Gossett represented a wide swath of rural Iowa on the working group. Raccoon Valley Electric Cooperative, with headquarters in Glidden, has more than 2,500 meters on 1,242 miles of line in nine counties.