Des Moines, Iowa –The Iowa House of Representatives today approved a wind energy package designed to create jobs and encourage more renewable energy production. The bills approved today will expand wind energy production and renewable energy tax credits, create wind innovation zones, and encourage more renewable energy research in Iowa.
"In these tough economic times, our top priority is to create good-paying jobs for Iowans by focusing on key industries like renewable energy. Already the 2nd highest wind producer in the nation, the wind energy package approved today will keep us a world leader in renewable energy," said State Representative Donovan Olson of Boone, who chairs the House Environmental Protection Committee.
Senate File 456 expands existing state tax credits for wind energy projects of all sizes, including farms, schools, and hospitals. Wind Innovation Zones were created in House File 810 to help local communities streamline regulations to help individuals launch small wind projects. House File 817 expands tax credits to increase research of renewable energy generation components.
A report released this week by the Iowa Policy Project found that Iowa’s wind power generation has tripled since 2006 and 15% of the electricity generated in Iowa comes from wind.
"I’m proud of our work expanding wind energy in Iowa over the last few years and the package approved today will make wind energy production a reality for small producers across Iowa, especially our schools and farms," said State Representative Nathan Reichert of Muscatine, who chairs the House Energy Subcommittee.
The bills now go to the Senate.