On The Radio – Iowa first in nation to exceed 30 percent of electricity generation from wind


Wind turbines at dusk near Colo, Iowa. (TumblingRun / Flickr)
Wind turbines at dusk near Colo, Iowa. (TumblingRun / Flickr)
Nick Fetty | March 28, 2016

This week’s On The Radio segment looks at a recent report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration which found that the Hawkeye State has become the first in the nation to generate more than 30 percent of its electricity from wind. 

Transcript: Iowa leads the nation in wind

Iowa now leads the nation in percentage of energy production from wind, according to the latest data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

This is the Iowa Environmental Focus.

With 31.3 percent of its energy coming from wind, Iowa is the first U.S. state to cross 30 percent and is well on its way to 40 percent, Governor Terry Branstad announced from the capitol in February. Branstad chairs the Governor’s Wind and Solar Energy Coalition.

Energy generation at utility-scale wind facilities in Iowa jumped 27 percent in 2015, to 1.8 million megawatthours. New wind projects have brought in $11.8 billion dollars in investments and jobs. While wind energy also jumped 44 percent in Oklahoma and 50 percent in Texas over the same one-year period, the Hawkeye State has positioned itself as a nationwide leader in renewable energy .

For more information about wind energy in Iowa, visit IowaEnvironmentalFocus.org.

From the UI Center for Global & Regional Environmental Research, I’m Betsy Stone.

4 thoughts on “On The Radio – Iowa first in nation to exceed 30 percent of electricity generation from wind

  1. Do wind farms reduce the need for fossil and nuclear fueled power plants?

    Do wind farms reduce fossil fuel consumption?

    What is the total federal, state and local subsidies for wind energy?

    It has been reported that the wind energy industry in Europe is a good model for the U.S. What does electric eergy cost there?

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