Wind-powered Electric Generation in Iowa
Iowa's Annual Wind Generation
This information relates specifically to electricity generated from wind resources. For more information on electric generation in Iowa from all sources, please see the Iowa's Electric Profile page.
Percent of Iowa's Total Electric
(1) IUB staff updates the values for past years based on the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data as it is reviewed.
(1) Wind Nameplate Capacity (MW) for 2006-2018 based on generator information in Form EIA-860 based on generating units greater than 1 MW, physically located in Iowa, where wind is identified as the prime mover for the applicable year.
(2) Wind Energy Generated (MWh) for 2006-2018 was taken from Form EIA-923. This energy was generated from units greater than 1 MW within the state of Iowa, but some portion of the energy may have been consumed out of state. The data applicable to the years 2006-2018 comes from the final EIA-923 data for each applicable year. Final data for 2018 consists of 2,026 plants from the monthly survey and 7,278 plants from the annual survey.
(3) This column is calculated by comparing wind-based generation to generation from all fuel sources based on EIA-923.
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), in 2018 Iowa generated 34 percent of its electricity using wind power, ranking second in the nation for wind energy as a share of total electricity generation.
What are the IUB's requirements for siting a wind farm in Iowa?
- A facility as defined in the IUB's rules in 199 IAC chapter 24 must apply for a generating certificate prior to construction of significant alteration. County and local governments and state and federal agencies may have additional requirements.
What tax credits are available for developing renewable energy in Iowa?
- Under Iowa Code Chapter 476C, a state production tax credit of 1.5¢ per kWh is available for energy sold by eligible wind energy facilities and certain other non-wind renewable energy facilities. For applications filed after July 1, 2011, tax credits are also available for on-site consumption of renewable energy from facilities with a nameplate capacity of not less than 750 kW. For wind energy facilities, the maximum total eligibility is 363 MW. For other non-wind renewable facilities, the maximum total eligibility is 63 MW. The eligible facility was required to have been placed in service before January 1, 2018.
- The tax credit certificates are transferable and may be applied toward the state's individual income, corporate income, franchise, insurance premium, sales and use, or replacement tax.
- For more information see the IUB’s Renewable Energy Tax Credits page.
- Additional tax credits or exemptions may be available through programs not administered by the IUB. More information is available at http://www.dsireusa.org.
What is Net Metering and how does it apply to wind generation?
- On May 4, 2017, the IUB approved net metering pilot tariffs for Interstate Power & Light Company (IPL) and MidAmerican Energy Company (MidAmerican). For more information see the IUB's On-Site (Distributed) Generation webpage.
Does Iowa have a renewable portfolio standard?
- Iowa’s alternate energy law was one of the country’s first renewable energy policies and, in many ways, was a precursor to today’s renewable portfolio standards. Iowa has a capacity-based requirement of 105 MW and associated energy, which rate-regulated utilities are obligated to purchase. In 2007, the IUB issued an order that approved specific facilities designated by the rate-regulated utilities for satisfying this requirement.