Iowa leads our region in renewable energy installations, says the American Council on Renewable Energy, beating the #2 state, Illinois, by 40%. About 1/3 of American wind energy comes from the Midwest, and the amount of solar energy in the region increased by 150% in 2012 alone.
According to the report,
[Iowa’s] strong manufacturing and agricultural sectors coupled with its early policy support create an attractive environment for companies and individuals interested in producing renewable
energy in the state. With the Iowa Utilities Board recently approving over 1 GW of additional wind generation by the end of 2015, the climate for wind energy development in the state is promising.
The report highlighted the importance of favorable federal policy, including the production tax credit for wind energy, to maintaining the Midwest’s progress. It also noted the importance of improving the region’s electric grid to bringing more renewable energy online, work the Council is helping to advance in Iowa.