Iowa is cultivating new ground toward a transformational shift to renewable energy and a resilient economy. With several record-breaking wind energy projects announced this year and impressive growth in solar, Iowa’s position as a renewable leader has never felt more secure. Iowa ranked first nationwide for wind projects starting construction or in advanced stages of development during the first half of 2016, according to the American Wind Energy Association. The explosive growth of wind and solar energy is occurring in a state that already ranks No. 1 nationally in the production of biorenewable fuels, holding the title of No. 1 producer of ethanol and No. 2 producer of biodiesel. Iowa also ranks in the top 10 states for hydropower potential from existing dam structures with projects underway at Red Rock Reservoir and under study for Saylorville Reservoir. When you add Iowa’s potential energy capacity from biomass fuels and biogas methane to energy, the state’s overall renewable energy capacity is staggering.
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