0525807rep-lensing-2007reducedThe Iowa House of Representatives today approved a wind energy package designed to create more jobs and encourage more renewable energy production. The bills approved today will expand wind energy production and renewable energy tax credits, create wind innovation zones, and encourage more renewable energy research in Iowa.

“Over the last two years, Iowa has become a world leader in renewable energy and created thousands of ‘green’ jobs across our state,” said State Representative Vicki Lensing, D-Iowa City, who won approval of Senate File 456. “The package we approved today will expand our wind energy efforts to encourage more small wind production by individuals, schools, hospitals and universities.”

Senate File 456 expands existing state tax credits for wind energy projects of all sizes, including farms, schools, and hospitals. Wind Innovation Zones were created in House File 810 to help local communities streamline regulations to help individuals launch small wind projects. House File 817 expands tax credits to increase research of renewable energy generation components.

A report released this week by the Iowa Policy Project found that Iowa’s wind power generation has tripled since 2006 and 15% of the electricity generated in Iowa comes from wind.