Iowa and South Dakota are first and second in the nation when it comes to getting their power from wind energy. Iowa currently gets about 27% of its energy from wind, with South Dakota nipping at its heels at 26%. For Iowa, the investment in wind energy has paid off.
Over 5,000 megawatts of installed wind capacity has brought with it 7,000 new jobs, and $16 million each year to landowners in the form of lease payments. And with another 1,000 megawatts currently under construction, Iowa seems to be in a good place to keep this success booming.