By Kelley Welf on January 31, 2013
Wind on the Wires was pleased to be a co-sponsor of the Iowa Wind Energy Day at the Capitol on January 16. The event was designed to showcase the positive economic impact of the wind energy industry, and that Iowa is a national leader in the percentage of electricity produced from wind as well as wind related employment and component manufacturing.
About a dozen exhibitors, including WOW members: Clean Line Energy Partners, EDF Renewable Energy, EDP Renewables, and Vestas, were in attendance.
During his remarks, Governor Terry Branstad said, “We’re first in the number of wind energy related manufacturing facilities and wind related businesses as well. Perhaps the most important impact wind has had on our state is high quality, good paying jobs and also a good source of rental income for our farmers.”
Gov. Branstad also said he was pleased to see the wind Production Tax Credit was passed as part of the fiscal cliff legislation that passed on New Year’s Day. “Now don’t get me wrong, the fiscal cliff package was a mixed bag, but at least we got this important piece of legislation passed as part of the package,” he said. “While the deal is certainly not perfect, I’m happy to have played a leadership role on behalf of the industry and how important this is to the Iowa economy.”
Beth Soholt spoke to Joanna Schroeder of the Domestic Fuel blog and addressed the need to move forward on building the “road to market” for wind – transmission. During the interview, Beth said, “the planning piece on what to build and where to build it , as well as the cost recovery piece are the big barriers” to bringing more wind to market. You can read the article from Domestic Fuel and hear Beth’s interview here.
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