Reports Detail Iowa’s Continued Lead in Wind Energy Production
Iowa ranks first in the nation for its proportion of electricity generated from wind, as well as for distributed wind capacity, according to new reports released today by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Wind power accounted for 36.9 percent of electricity generated in Iowa last year, the highest percentage of any state. The reports cover three market sectors: land-based utility scale, distributed, and offshore wind.
Iowa was also among the top five leading states for new utility-scale wind capacity additions in 2017, with 397 megawatts added. At the end of 2017, Iowa had a cumulative installed capacity of 7,308 MW, ranking third in the United States.
Overall in 2017, wind energy contributed 6.3 percent of the nation’s electricity supply. In 14 states, it contributed more than 10 percent of total electricity generation — and more than 30 percent in four of those states, including Iowa…(Read the full story)