Report Recap: Windswept Fields of Opportunity: Iowa Wind Energy County Tax Impact Studies

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Wind energy was introduced to Iowa in the early 2000s and has been a feature of the landscape since. In 2021, the state was the second largest producer of wind energy and led the nation in net electricity generation at 58%.

Wind development poses a number of economic benefits in job creation and secondary industry development, but it also provides substantial revenue streams for counties and landowners. In 2021, Iowa wind turbines generated approximately $57 million in tax revenues for state and local taxing bodies, and operators paid out $67 million in lease payments to landowners.