Iowa is a leader in renewable energies in the U.S.: the state ranks first in ethanol production, second in biodiesel output and leads the nation in the production of raw biomass. Iowa is the second largest U.S. producer of wind energy.
- Iowa ranks third in the nation in current wind generation capacity, with 6,212 MW installed. (AWEA, 2015)
- Iowa is number one in the nation in wind generation as a percentage of total power output at 31.3 percent. (AWEA, 2015)
- Iowa and its robust supply chain support wind energy by manufacturing all major wind turbine components.
- Iowa’s wind companies have formed an alliance (IAWIND) with universities, community colleges and state agencies to promote wind energy in the state. (www.iawind.org)
- Iowa State University engineers, researchers and educators want to be part of America’s wind energy solution. ISU is building programs and partnerships to boost the university’s expertise in just about every aspect of the wind energy industry: aerodynamics, grid integration, manufacturing, meteorology, nacelles and blades, policy, reliability and towers.
- Numerous Iowa community colleges provide programs that facilitate training needs of wind energy companies. Iowa Lakes Community college’s program is the first of its kind in the nation and has received the American Wind Energy Association’s Seal of Approval. (AWEA, 2011).