Iowa Tops Previous High to Reach an Impressive 64% Wind Energy Generation Milestone

posted on Thursday, June 29, 2023 in Energy News

Iowa celebrates a major renewable energy accomplishment as it surpassed 64% wind energy generation in 2022. Over the years, the state has established itself as a known wind energy leader, attracting developers and fostering a favorable environment for renewable energy growth. As a result, Iowa has steadily increased its wind power capacity, setting new records along the way. 

The latest figure from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicates that Iowa's wind energy generation hit the impressive 64.4% mark in 2022. This tops the previous record high of 59.6% in 2020, which represented a sharp increase from 42% in 2019. Wind energy notably surpassed coal as Iowa’s primary source of electricity in 2019. 

The impact of Iowa's wind energy success extends beyond environmental benefits. It has played a vital role in job creation and economic growth, particularly within rural communities, across the state. Wind farms have stimulated local economies through tax revenue generation, employment opportunities, and lease payments to landowners.  

Wind is the lowest cost source of generation, even without tax credits or subsidies, and is dramatically lower than the true costs of generation from coal — especially when accounting for externalities like impacts to health and crop losses. As we continue to work towards achieving 100% renewable energy at the state level, wind will continue to play an important role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to Iowans while helping to meet the energy needs of the future. 

About The Author

Kristen Weaverling joined the Iowa Environmental Council in 2020 and is now in the role of Energy and Climate Project Manager. Before starting at IEC, she spent several years implementing energy efficiency programs for small business customers on behalf of utility companies here in Iowa. She also has a background in the nonprofit sector, having served as a volunteer manager for an international nonprofit as well as completing a term with AmeriCorps in eastern Iowa. Kristen holds a B.S. in Geography from The University of Iowa along with certificates in both Sustainability and Human Rights. In her free time, you can find her rehabilitating her late 1800s Victorian home or planning her next international trip.

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