The ongoing mission to establish Iowa as a leader in renewable energy received further confirmation as the American Wind Energy Association released its year-end report for 2009. According to AWEA, Iowa leads the nation by generating 14 percent of all of the electricity consumed in the state with wind.
According to the AWEA report, Iowa added 879 megawatts of generational capacity in 2009, an impressive gain in an otherwise stagnant economy. Today, Iowa ranks second in the nation in total generation with 3,670 MW from 2,534 turbines. The national leader in overall production continues to be Texas.
Iowa leads the nation in wind energy jobs and, because of the state’s position, hosts nine international companies manufacturing for the wind industry, with more than 200 manufacturers in the wind power supply chain, employing more than 2,300 Iowans. Additionally, five community colleges and all three Regents institutions have formed the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND), a consortium focused on growing the industry and creating further career opportunities.