Under the federal Clean Power Plan, states can take advantage of the Clean Energy Incentive Program. The state of Iowa should participate in the CEIP as a way to bring clean energy savings to more Iowans. The CEIP will reward states for early investments in energy efficiency in affordable housing and solar projects that benefit low-income ratepayers.
As the wind industry continues to harness Iowa’s immense wind resources — which met an unprecedented 31 percent of the state’s total electricity needs last year — we are also creating thousands of good-paying jobs. A new report from the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs found that 28,451 Iowans work in the state’s clean energy sector, with more than 6,400 jobs in the wind industry alone.
The maturing solar energy industry in Iowa is harnessing the state’s sun potential at an ever-increasing pace. A new study, “Clean Jobs Midwest,” from the Clean Energy Trust and Environmental Entrepreneurs found that 28,451 Iowans work in the state’s clean energy sector, including 626 working in the solar industry alone.
Navy SEAL veteran Troy Van Beek and his wife, Amy, own a growing renewable energy and energy efficiency business in a small town in Iowa.
Wind Energy: TPI Composites
About 1,000 people -- engineers, technicians, and others -- work at TPI Composites in Iowa. "We're happy to create good manufacturing jobs in central Iowa," said Terry Van Huysen, TPI's general manager.