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Branstad and Reynolds applaud decision to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Office of the Governor of Iowa   
Monday, 19 November 2012 13:45

(DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds applaud the Federal government’s decision to uphold the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) and deny pending waiver requests.  Iowa leads the nation in ethanol production, accounting for 25% of total U.S. ethanol production.  In addition, Iowa’s biofuels industry has added $13.1 billion to our economy, generated $2.4 billion in household income and supported 49,000 jobs.

Gov. Branstad sent a letter earlier this year encouraging the EPA to maintain the RFS and avoid the scenario of adding more uncertainty into the agriculture sector by granting the waiver requests.

Governor Branstad said the following:

“There is no question that this year’s drought caused hardships in the agriculture sector, particularly for the livestock producers.  The EPA rightfully decided that the waivers were not an effective remedy to those hardships and would have instead injected unnecessary additional uncertainty into another component of the agriculture sector.”

Lt. Governor Reynolds stated the following:

“Governor Branstad and I continue to  believe that biofuels can play a significant role in diversifying our nation’s energy portfolio and making our nation more energy independent.”

More information on the EPA decision can be found at:  http://www.epa.gov/otaq/fuels/renewablefuels/notices.htm

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Loebsack Pushes Speaker Boehner to Renew Wind Energy Credit Immediately PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Friday, 16 November 2012 09:38

Washington, D.C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack today led the push, along with a group of lawmakers, in calling for the passage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy.  The lawmakers took to the House floor to call on Speaker Boehner to bring up and pass legislation to extend the wind energy tax credit, which expires at the end of the year.  Video of his remarks can be found here.

“Iowa is the second largest producer of wind energy. Wind manufacturing involves about 200 companies and 6,000 good-paying jobs for Iowans,” said Loebsack on the House floor.  “Congress should not play games with people’s jobs and pull the rug out from an industry employing thousands in the middle of an economic downturn.  The wind credit is also important for energy production and job creation. Congress must extend the wind credit now, before more jobs are lost.”

Loebsack has taken the lead in Congress to demand that Speaker Boehner act to ensure the jobs associated with wind energy, including 6,000 in Iowa, are not lost because of the inaction by the Leadership in the House.  Since the beginning of the year, Loebsack has met personally with the President to encourage his leadership on this issue and stressed the importance of passing this legislation on multiple occasions with Speaker Boehner.

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TOMORROW: Loebsack to Lead the Push in Calling for Passage of Wind Energy Credit PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Joe Hand   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:31

Washington, D. C. – Congressman Dave Loebsack will lead the push, along with a group of lawmakers, in calling for the passage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy TOMORROW, November 14th.  The lawmakers will take to the House floor to call on Speaker Boehner to bring up and pass legislation to extend the wind energy tax credit.

 

Loebsack has taken the lead in Congress to demand that Speaker Boehner act to ensure the jobs associated with wind energy, including 7,000 in Iowa, are not lost because of the inaction by the Leadership in the House.  Since the beginning of the year, Loebsack has met with personally with the President to encourage his leadership on this issue and stressed the importance of passing this legislation on multiple occasions with Speaker Boehner.

 

WHO:             Congressman Dave Loebsack

Group of Lawmakers

 

WHAT:           Call on Speaker Boehner to pass PTC

 

WHERE:         U.S. House Floor

 

WHEN:           Tomorrow, November 14th

 

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Bipartisan Support for Extending the Production Tax Credit for Wind Energy PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Grassley Press   
Tuesday, 13 November 2012 16:25

WASHINGTON – A bipartisan group of four governors and a U.S. senator today urged Congress to extend the production tax credit for wind energy, one of a number of tax incentives scheduled to expire at the end of the year.

Governor Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) joined Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on Capitol Hill in Washington for a news conference which Governors John Kitzhaber (D-OR), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and John Hickenlooper (D-CO) joined by conference call.

The renewable energy leaders expressed optimism that Congress will approve an extension of the production tax credit for wind energy during the lame duck session that begins this week.

“Governors want to add perspective on the importance of extending the PTC,” Branstad said.  “My state has directly seen the negative impact related to the PTC not being extended earlier.  For example, Siemans recently laid off over 400 employees at its plant in Fort Madison, Iowa, and Clipper Wind Power laid off 100 workers at its plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.”

Grassley said the uncertainty about the future of this tax incentive and others “hurts the economic good these policies do, and Washington should have learned the lesson given by biodiesel when it was allowed to lapse two years ago.  “In addition to jobs being lost, an important source of domestic, renewable energy was hurt.  The wind-energy production tax credit is designed to level the playing field against coal-fired and nuclear electricity generation.  The credit has been tremendously successful for renewable energy development and job creation,” he said.

“We need to invest in domestic energy sources that not only meet our energy needs, but create healthier communities.  We need to invest in energy resources that are clean and renewable, and affordable.  Few policies offer a better return on investment for our country than the wind energy production tax credit,” Kitzhaber said.  “Nationally, the wind energy industry now drives $10-20 billion per year in private sector capital investment and employs 75,000 Americans.  These are jobs created right here in our own backyards that cannot be outsourced.

Branstad is chairman and Kitzhaber is vice chairman of the Governors’ Wind Energy Coalition.  Brownback and Hickenlooper are members of the Coalition.

Grassley first authored the production tax credit for wind energy in 1992.  He has worked to extend it over the years and secured a one-year extension in legislation adopted in August by the Senate Finance Committee.  Grassley said no single energy tax incentive should be singled out over others before a broad-based tax reform debate.

 

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HD Video Conferencing Solution Finally Matures PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Brian Suerth   
Monday, 12 November 2012 09:59
Midland Communications Delivers Powerful Technology to SMBs


DAVENPORT, IA- November 7, 2012 - In today's market, large enterprises have come to rely heavily on technology in order to help accelerate their businesses. HD video conferncing has long been thought to be a powerful technology reserved exclusively for use by large-scale enterprises. However, recent developments in technology have lowered the total cost of ownership and now smaller organizations can benefit from this impactful technology. In an increasingly global economy, many organizations are looking to reduce travel expenses, collaborate with remote workers and foster real-time collaboration across all areas of a business. HD video conferencing allows organizations to accomplish this and gain competitive advantage in their industry.
Simply explained, HD video conferencing allows users to conduct face-to-face meetings without leaving the office. Multiple parties can collaborate with one another on various projects regardless of location, instantly increasing office productivity. Essentially, this dynamic technology elevates our expectations of basic web and audio conferencing tools. Users can now broadcast important meetings to other locations, reducing travel expenses and saving lost time. Another factor behind video conferencing's recent success is due to its ability to show non-verbal communication and increase the "human feel" of meetings.
"Our customers have always expressed a very strong interest in the capacities that videconferencing solutions deliver but we didn't to bring this technology to our customers because the cost for this technology was simply too high," stated Jason Smith, Vice President at Midland Communications. "We have built our reputation over the years by truly partnering with our customers, concerning ourselves with their needs and obligating ourselves to only provide them with technology that significantly boosts employee productivity and increases their bottom line. We assert that at the end of the day, technology needs to increase a business' profitability and give them a competitive advantage or it should not be implemented. HD video conferencing has finally matured to the point where our customers can enjoy the benefits of this technology while simultaneously increasing their overall profitabilty. We've been excited to see how different industries have been applying video conferencing to their businesses and have learned quite a bit throughout our experiences. We look forward to helping our customers get the most out of their technology."

ABOUT MIDLAND COMMUNICATIONS
Midland Communications began more than 60 years ago in 1946 as the Worldwide Marketing Arm of Victor-Animagraph Projectors. In 1977 a communications division was formed due to a partnership with NEC America. Today, As a distributor of NEC America, for 33 years, Midland Communications has a customer base of more than 3,000 satisfied customers that include general businesses, government agencies, Universities, colleges, hospitals, and hotels.
Midland provides a wide range of communication services including VOIP, PBX and key systems, Wide Area and Local Area networking, computers, Computer integration, voice mail, CCIS, and video conferencing and paging systems. Our philosophy is simple, provide quality products at a fair price, backed by an average emergency response time of twenty minutes, and the best service in the industry. For more information on Midland Communications, call (563) 326-1237 or visit www.midlandcom.com.

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