Conservative Conclave XIV Draws State and National Leaders to Des Moines to Discuss Clean Energy


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Conservative leaders representing 24 states gather to advance the conservative clean energy movement

August 14, 2023 — DES MOINES, Iowa — The Conservative Energy Network (CEN), a coalition of 24 state-based conservative clean energy organizations, today announced the beginning of Conservative Conclave XIV. This annual gathering of network members, technical experts, industry representatives, and policymakers is hosted this year by CEN and the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum. It will take place from August 14-17, 2023 in Des Moines, Iowa. With notable speakers such as U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Congressman Zach Nunn (IA-3), this event will provide a platform for prominent conservative leaders to discuss the future of America’s energy landscape.

Conservative Conclave XIV will feature discussions on transmission, emerging technologies, and regional best practices, highlighting the potential of clean energy to drive economic growth, bolster national security, and safeguard the environment. The Iowa Policymakers Panel will feature State Senators Mike Klimesh and Waylon Brown, and State Representatives Brian Lohse and Shannon Lundgren as panelists.

A highlight of the agenda, Solar Day at the Iowa State Fair, will exemplify how clean energy strengthens rural communities and its viability as a reliable, cost-effective energy source. In the company of conservative leaders, members of the Iowa agriculture community, and clean energy industry representatives, Governor Kim Reynolds will proclaim August 16, 2023 to be “Iowa Solar Day” in recognition of the immense potential of solar power. Demonstrating the values of self-reliance and independence, the event will underscore the importance of embracing innovative clean energy technologies for a more prosperous future.

“CEN’s annual Conservative Conclave represents a gathering of conservatives who are leading the charge in shaping America’s energy future,” said John Szoka, CEO of the Conservative Energy Network. “We are stronger when we come together to learn from each other and build relationships that cross state lines. By uniting our voices and advocating for clean energy solutions, we showcase our commitment to both economic prosperity and responsible stewardship of our natural resources.””We are thrilled to co-host this event with the Conservative Energy Network,” said Nick Boeyink, executive director of the Iowa Conservative Energy Forum. “Iowa is a longtime leader in the clean energy space and we are excited to showcase the work being done by our state and national policymakers to advance commonsense energy solutions. Conclave serves as a rallying point for CEN members across the nation to demonstrate that clean energy is not only compatible with conservative values but essential for securing a sustainable and prosperous future for all Americans.”