Clean Energy News

U.S. wind energy generates more than $1 billion in tax revenue, payments

The number of Americans receiving their electricity from renewable wind energy grew rapidly in 2018, with enough installed capacity to power more than 30 million homes. With more projects currently in development, total wind capacity in the U.S. is projected to grow to 131,000 megawatts (MW), or enough to power about 42 million homes and increase the percentage of energy that states receive from wind.

Iowa's wind industry generates millions in tax revenue

As nearly 40 percent of Iowa’s energy needs are met by wind, communities that host renewable energy projects are generating millions in tax revenue.

Iowa has 7,312 megawatts of installed wind energy capacity through approximately 4,145 turbines. One project, MidAmerican Energy’s “Wind XI,” is estimated to generate $12.5 million in property taxes each year.

Census of Agriculture shows more renewables on farms

Farmers are increasingly adopting renewable energy on their farms. According to the U.S. Census of Agriculture, released on April 11, 2019, solar and geothermal energy systems on farms have increased significantly since the last Census in 2012. In 2017, there were 133,176 farms producing renewable energy—more than double the 2012 total.

The Census reports 90,142 farms had solar energy production in 2017, a 60 percent increase from the 36,331 farms reported in the 2012 census.

Iowa should watch, learn from neighbors on clean energy

For decades, Iowa has rightfully taken pride in being a leader in clean energy nationally and in the Midwest. Iowa was the first state to establish a renewable portfolio standard in 1983. We produce some of the highest rates of wind energy per capita with roughly 37 percent of our electricity coming from wind.

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