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#GlobalWindDay: Iowa is in a wind revolution

June 15, 2017

#GlobalWindDay: Iowa is in a wind revolution

Today is Global Wind Day, and in no place is the economic power of wind more evident than Iowa. Overall, almost 40 percent of Iowa’s electricity generation comes from wind, the highest percentage of any state in the U.S.

What’s startling is how quickly the switch to wind is happening in Iowa. In 2004, 70 percent of the generation capacity of Iowa’s largest electric utility, MidAmerican Energy, came from coal and nothing came from wind. At year-end 2016, 48 percent of MidAmerican’s generation capacity came from wind and 31 percent came from coal. The company has stated it is committed to switching its entire portfolio to renewable sources in the near future. Together, MidAmerican and Alliant Energy, the state’s second-largest utility, have pledged more than $4.5 billion in additional wind investment.

For businesses, Iowa is the easiest place to buy renewable energy, while also maintaining that nation’s most reliable electrical grid and below average electricity rates.

To learn more about Iowa’s wind energy industry, download the below PDF.



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