Iowa hints at how it became a nation-leading wind powerhouse

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Eat your heart out, California, but little middle-of-America Iowa is closer to hitting the halfway mark to 100% powered by wind than you are.

MidAmerican’s recently announced around its new Wind XII project which will position the company to hit its 100% renewable energy goal and significantly contribute to Iowa’s ongoing leadership in renewable energy. This will further its trajectory to become the first state to generate 40% of its electricity from wind. Iowa currently generates over 36% of its electricity from wind power, ranking first in the nation for wind energy as a share of total electricity generation.

As a traditionally conservative state, there’s an interesting and potentially surprising angle on how Iowa became a renewable energy leader and the role it plays as a significant economic driver in the state. 

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