19 May '13, 4pm

#Iowa Utility to Build Another Gigawatt of #Wind #Power by 2015 - @IEEESpectrum: #green #energy

#Iowa Utility to Build Another Gigawatt of #Wind #Power by 2015 - @IEEESpectrum: #green #energy

So what gives? Some of it is grandfathered in at this point, with a historically strong wind industry in the region leading residents to welcome the sight of wind energy towers instead of resent them. And yes, there is a lot of wind to go around: 26th in size, but seventh in total wind resource , with an enormous 570 000 potential megawatts floating in the first 100 meters off the ground. But interestingly, state policies aren't really pushing the rotors of wind power in Iowa: While the state does have a renewable energy portfolio standard, it sets a weak goal, in terms of megawatts rather than a percentage. California, by contrast, requires itself to have 33 percent of electricity from renewables by 2020; Iowa's now-ancient standard (passed in 1983) calls for 105 MW from renewables divided between the two main utilities. The state passed that mark long ago.

Full article: http://spectrum.ieee.org/energywise/green-tech/wind/iowa-...

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