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Iowa Tops Previous High to Reach an Impressive 64% Wind Energy Generation Milestone 

Iowa celebrates a major renewable energy accomplishment as it surpassed 64% wind energy generation in 2022. Over the years, the state has established itself as a known wind energy leader, attracting developers and fostering a favorable environment for renewable energy growth. As a result, Iowa has steadily increased its wind power capacity, setting new records along the way. 

The latest figure from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) indicates that Iowa's wind energy generation hit the impressive 64.4% mark in 2022. This tops the previous record high of 59.6% in 2020, which represented a sharp increase from 42% in 2019. Wind energy notably surpassed coal as Iowa’s primary source of electricity in 2019. 

The impact of Iowa's wind energy success extends beyond environmental benefits. It has played a vital role in job creation and economic growth, particularly within rural communities, across the state. Wind farms have stimulated local economies through tax revenue generation, employment opportunities, and lease payments to landowners.  

Wind is the lowest cost source of generation, even without tax credits or subsidies, and is dramatically lower than the true costs of generation from coal — especially when accounting for externalities like impacts to health and crop losses. As we continue to work towards achieving 100% renewable energy at the state level, wind will continue to play an important role in providing affordable, reliable electricity to Iowans while helping to meet the energy needs of the future. 

Iowa Energy News 

Iowa receives $43.5 million in federal funding to buy zero- and low-emission buses

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded almost $1.7 billion in grants for buying zero- and low-emission buses. Iowa is receiving $43.5 million in funding, with over half of those dollars going to Iowa City to expand its electric bus fleet and build a new transit facility. With the additional funds, Iowa City plans to procure new electric buses, construct charging infrastructure, and improve maintenance facilities.

The Iowa DOT will receive almost $17.9 million on behalf of five transit agencies across the state. Funding for the grants comes from the 2021 bipartisan infrastructure bill and will enable transit agencies and state and local governments to buy 1,700 U.S.-built buses, nearly half of which will have zero carbon emissions.

Iowa snags nearly $12M from the feds to strengthen the state's grid against severe weather

Iowa has secured nearly $12 million through a federal grant to enhance its power grid infrastructure. The funding aims to strengthen the state's electricity network, ensuring a more resilient and reliable system.

With these funds — supported by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law — Iowa will be able to implement technological advancements, and increase the grid's capacity and efficiency, while simultaneously enhancing the system's resilience against potential disruptions.

IEDA will administer the grant, seeking project proposals that "will facilitate faster service restoration, provide benefits to vulnerable and disadvantaged populations to reduce the impact of severe weather-related outages, and expand opportunities for a skilled workforce to secure and retain quality jobs."

Iowa’s new electric vehicle charging tax starts July 1

Starting from July 1, electric vehicle (EV) charging station owners in Iowa will face a new tax, impacting the state's growing EV market. The "electric fuel excise tax" is set at $0.015 per kilowatt-hour of electricity sold for vehicle charging. Residential charging and stations used exclusively for fleet vehicles will be exempt.

The purpose of the tax is to ensure electric vehicle drivers pay their share to maintain the state's roads and infrastructure. However, imposing this tax on EV charging stations could deter further EV adoption and hinder the development of charging infrastructure.

Despite the concerns, the new tax is set to be implemented, placing a financial and administrative burden on EV charging station owners in Iowa. Learn more about the new tax in an article from the Clayton County Energy District

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Energy Justice 101 - MWBDC & Kamau Jawara

Kamau Jawara of We the People of Detroit joins the Midwest Building Decarbonization Coalition's Co-Director, Marnese Jackson, for this Energy Justice 101 Training! Learn where your energy comes from and how you can stay informed and involved in the work your utility company is doing. Watch the full recording on YouTube.

Upcoming IEC Events

IEC's Green Gala & Art Auction returns for its second year!

IEC's Green Gala & Art Auction, will return on Thursday, September 14 at Mainframe Studios in Des Moines. The event will feature energy-focused awards, live music, and we'll auction off unique pieces inspired by Iowa's environment created by local artists to raise money for our work. Our artist submission form is now live, so please share with an interested artist in your life. Help spread the word and make plans to attend today! 

Upcoming Energy Events

6/29: Saying NO to Coal - Teach In - Council Bluffs, Iowa Beyond Coal & Partners 

7/8:  Revitalizing Citizen Climate Advocacy, Iowa CCL 

7/12: Freeing the Grid: Ranking U.S. States’ Interconnection Policies Webinar, IREC 

7/12: Initiatives for Cleaner Air, REMI

7/12: Say NO to Coal Dinner and Teach In, Sioux City, Iowa Beyond Coal & Partners 

7/20: Lunch & Learn: SOO Green HVDC Link, CCED

Have an relevant event we don't have listed here? Submit an event to be considered for our Event Calendar.

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