Iowa is on track to meet its carbon reduction goal of 16% by 2030 through an additional 2,300MW of wind energy. Not surprisingly, 1,212MW of wind energy is already scheduled to come online by 2016, which means only an additional 1,100MW of wind are required to meet the goal.
According to the Wind Analysis Report by Iowa’s Wind Energy Association, Iowa can help other states in meeting their carbon reduction goals too:
• Other Midwestern states, including Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin can use wind to comply with their carbon reduction targets.
-For these six states to meet 25% of their carbon reduction goals with wind alone, approximately 17,000 MW of additional wind would need to be built between 2012 and 2030.
-Meeting 100% of the goals in these six states and Iowa with wind would require about 71,000 MW of new wind.
• If other states choose to comply with carbon reduction goals by building wind generation within their borders, Iowa wind manufacturers and wind-related businesses could help meet an increased regional demand for wind turbines, components and services.
• Iowa could also help other states comply with carbon reduction goals by building and selling additional wind energy beyond what is needed to meet Iowa’s state goal.
-By building 7,500 MW of additional wind by 2030 (or an average of 500 MW of wind per year), Iowa could offer a carbon reduction of 15,000,000 metric tons. This could meet the entire reduction target for Missouri or Wisconsin.
-By building 15,000 MW of additional wind by 2030 (1,000 MW of wind added per year, on average), Iowa could offer a carbon reduction of 30,000,000 metric tons. This could meet 40% of the reduction targets for Illinois, Indiana, Missouri and Wisconsin combined.
Although the thought of adding another 15,000MW of wind energy seems daunting, Iowa actually has enough proper siting/land to build 570,000 MW of wind in total.