Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds named Alliant Energy Chair, President and CEO John Larsen to a new task force to explore carbon sequestration and the opportunities it presents for economic development. The Carbon Sequestration Task Force will leverage Iowa’s look to capitalize on nationwide demand for a more carbon-free economy.
According to U.S. Geological Survey, carbon sequestration is the process of capturing and storing atmospheric carbon dioxide. It is one way to reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere; the ultimate goal is to reduce global climate change.
“Iowa is a recognized leader in renewable fuel and food production, and this is another opportunity to lead and be innovative, invest in Iowa agriculture, and facilitate new sources of revenue for our agriculture and energy sectors,” Gov. Reynolds said in a statement. “I am proud to bring together an impressive team of stakeholders that will help formulate smart, commonsense policy recommendations on this issue ahead of the 2022 legislative session.”
Joining Larsen on the task force are other key stakeholders representing industries and interests integral to the carbon sequestration supply chain in Iowa. According to Secretary of Agriculture and task force Vice Chair Mike Naig, the group will work together to identify strategies to expand current conservation efforts, create revenue streams, improve financial sustainability and grow Iowa’s economy.
“I’m honored to work with this group of respected, forward-thinking industry leaders to explore carbon sequestration opportunities for the state of Iowa,” said Larsen. “I look forward to participating in solutions that expand and enhance economic and environmental health of the communities we represent.”
As part of the Carbon Sequestration Task Force, Larsen will have the opportunity to bring Alliant Energy’s expertise and energy vision to the forefront. As we create innovative solutions to complex problems, advance clean energy, strengthen our communities and build a smarter, stronger power grid, our dedication will be integral to the task force’s carbon sequestration efforts.