10 Apr '11, 3pm

As Goes Iowa, So Goes The Future Of US Wind Power

Terraces, buffers, and conservation tillage at work on a farm in Iowa. Image credit: Wikimedia Commons The Fifteen Percent Factor : Who knew that Iowa led the nation in percent of electrical generation capacity from wind? The State's 15% reliance on wind is new, as reported in the Des Moines Register . This should not come as a surprise, however, given that Iowa has long been the political still for another alternative energy form: corn based ethanol. Every four years, presidential primary candidates, pandering to the corn-belt vote, have supported expansion of corn-to-ethanol subsidies. (The present goal is 15% ethanol: proof that Iowa primaries continue to have the power to shape the nation's energy future.)

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