The Iowa Energy Center receives core annual funding from an assessment on the intrastate revenues of Iowa’s gas and electric utilities. These ratepayer monies flow to the Energy Center and are used to fund Iowa-focused energy research, information and outreach. A portion of the funds are used to pay staff salaries and the operational expenses associated with the research and outreach programs. While the Energy Center, in conjunction with its Advisory Council, sets its own funding direction, oversight of the funds is provided by several different entities. This oversight ensures that the Energy Center spends the ratepayer funds appropriately and within our legislated mission.