30 Jan '16, 7pm

Politicians note: #Iowa the US's most #wind -powered state - and they love it! The Ecologist

Politicians note: #Iowa the US's most #wind -powered state - and they love it! The Ecologist

Today, there are 12 factories in Iowa that build wind-related parts and materials, and wind supports as many as 7,000 jobs. Furthermore, the steady long-term costs of wind power promise to keep Iowa's electricity prices stable for many years to come. All eyes are on Iowa, the midwestern state set to kick-off the US presidential election next week with its folksy first-in-the-nation caucus . But here's one thing international observers may not know about Iowa: It is the most wind-powered state in the entire country. Only the much larger Texas and California have greater wind power capacity than Iowa, and they're way behind when it comes to share in the state generation mix. Nearly 30% of Iowa's electricity comes from the turbines scattered across its vast farmland, the highest penetration percentage of any state. Republican governor Terry Branstad intends on hitting 40% by ...

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