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Implementing a state energy plan can help ensure that a state is doing everything economically feasible to manage energy consumption and reduce energy- and water-related costs. The State of Iowa’s energy plan, developed in 2016, focuses on the large potential for biomass. The animal agriculture industry alone has the potential to use methane recovery to produce 1.8 million megawatt hours of energy per year, and harnessing its potential would have positive impacts for Iowa s energy production and economy. Realizing Iowa’s biomass potential can also have positive employment benefits for the state. Ethanol production alone in Iowa currently supports over 15,000 jobs (Source: Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, 2018).