Iowa produces more electricity from wind per capita than any other state, but more importantly, according to new findings from a nonpartisan policy think tank, the state’s leadership in wind production has also left Iowans paying substantially less for their power. Electricity price data analyzed by the Iowas Policy Project shows that since the first large wind farms were connected to the electric grid in 1999, Iowa’s average electricity prices per kilowatt-hour have diverged further and further from the national average. Additionally, a recent report by Navigant Consulting, concluded that by continuing to grow the state’s thriving wind industry, more than 17,000 wind-related jobs could be in Iowa by 2020. Recent data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration show that the penetration of wind generation in Iowa grew from 31.5 percent of total demand in 2015 to 36.6 percent in 2016.

– via North American Windpower

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