Iowa Second in US in Wind Generation Capacity; College Plays Role

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reports that the state of Iowa is now the second largest in the U.S. in wind power generating capacity.

Iowa ended 2008 with 2,790 megawatts (MW) installed, surpassing California, which had 2,517 MW in wind power generating capacity.  The top five states in terms of capacity are now Texas, with 7,116 MW; Iowa, with 2,790 MW; California, with 2,517 MW; Minnesota, with 1,752 MW; and Washington, with 1,375 MW.

Overall, the U.S. wind energy industry shattered all previous records in 2008 by installing 8,358 MW of new generating capacity (enough to serve over 2 million homes), the AWEA said, even as it warned of an uncertain outlook for 2009 due to the continuing financial crisis.

For the complete text of the AWEA announcement, click here.

The College of Engineering has been playing a leadership role in the formation of the Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development (IAWIND). IAWIND is a virtual partnership among the Regents universities, community colleges, industry, and the Iowa Department of Economic Development, designed to support the State of Iowa in its efforts to continue to attract and nurture wind energy and related industries; and become the nation’s leading state in alternate energy technologies. It is designed to serve as a catalyst for the growth of wind energy, and to support and to facilitate the research and training needs of wind energy companies. At present, no other such statewide alliance exists in the U.S.

Also, the College of Engineering has established a comphrehensive web site that summarizes college programs, initiatives, and activities relating to wind energy in research, cross-cutting capabilities, competitive advantages, opportunities for collaborative projects, training and education, and employer services.