Governors Midwest Initiatives Events



Chair's Agenda
America's Smartland Discussion Series


Economic Development


Renewing the Midwestern Brand



Increasing Midwestern Energy Production and Achieving Low Cost Energy


As part of his agenda as 2012 MGA Chair, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad initiated regional efforts to garner to support to increase Midwestern energy production across all types of energy to help maintain or achieve low energy costs.

The Midwest offers a diverse portfolio of energy sources including; coal, wind, oil, biofuels, solar, and natural gas.  The region is also home to vital transportation networks, a trained workforce, integrated supply chain and manufacturing infrastructure. These resources all play a key role in increasing domestic energy production and producing low-cost energy. This additional energy production can help spur economic growth throughout the Midwest. The energy produced in the region is also exported to other parts of the country that have higher energy costs.

The first phase of this initiative will focus on gathering information from state policy makers.  The MGA is surveying and interviewing governors energy/economic development policy advisors, energy and economic development personnel, public utility commissioners and other key state government leaders. The surveys and interviews will focus on identifying state and regional energy strengths, challenges, opportunities and areas poised for cross-state collaboration.   

The input received from the interviews and the survey results will be incorporated into an energy opportunities report.

The second phase of this initiative will focus on bringing together state policymakers (including those interviewed in the first phase), private sector energy and economic development leaders, and other interested thought leaders to utilize the energy assessment report to identify and prioritize specific next steps to increase production of low-cost energy. 

The final phase will consist of forming coalitions of interested states, energy companies, manufacturers, and advocates to continue the work identified in phase 2.

The process includes:

  • Initial group interview regarding survey questions identified above
  • 1-2 webinars to modify and refine the energy opportunities report
  • In-person regional meeting 
  • Follow-up work by states participating in issue coalitions



June 28-29 - Columbus, Ohio


Meeting Summary


Energy Action Paper - Updated 8-13-12

Energy Survey Compilation - Updated 11-21-12

Energy Work Plans


PowerPoint Slide Presentations and other Documents

Plenary Session

Distributed Generation Breakout

Energy Efficiency Breakout

Natural Gas Generation Breakout

Rapidly Changing Electric Mix Breakout

Transportation Fuel Mix Breakout

Butler Presentation

Ohio's Energy Policy