A new report from the Environmental Law and Policy Center, a Chicago-based environmental advocacy organization, shows just how much the wind industry impacts Iowa’s economy. It reaches more than 80 local business and provides 2,300 manufacturing jobs, which likely leads the nation, the report states.
With over 25,000 wind turbines at 80 sites, about 20% of the power Iowa generates comes from wind.
In megawatts of wind energy produced, Texas is the lone US state that outranks Iowa. *Insert cliche about everything – even abstract nouns – being bigger there.*
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…“Wind energy creates good jobs and business growth across Iowa and across different sectors,” said Howard Learner, executive director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center. “Smart policies can bring more wind businesses to Iowa. That’s good for both economic growth and better environmental quality.”
Dee Baird, president of Priority One in Cedar Rapids, said the wind energy industry is expected to recover in the near term from a slump brought on by reduced electricity demand, lower prices for natural gas and financing issues.
“We attended the American Wind Energy Association conference and just returned from the European wind energy conference in Germany,” Baird said. “We’re getting the same indicators as this report that the wind energy industry will continue to grow in this region. We have a history of attracting major suppliers and our geographic location makes this an excellent place for European companies to establish a presence in North America.”…