Iowa Continues to Lead the Nation in Wind Energy

The latest U.S. wind energy reports once again places Iowa on top in terms of total electricity generated – 28.5 percent in 2014 (equivalent to powering 1.5 million homes). In fact, the state’s commitment to the renewable energy efforts puts us in great standing to meet the federal Clean Power Plan well before the 2030 deadline. Since 2004, Iowa utility companies, the state and private companies have invested $10 billion in wind energy, with 6,000 jobs now tied to the industry.

Beyond quality jobs and lower utility costs for Iowans, the state’s commitment to renewable energy has attracted several major tech companies to expand and/or build new facilities in the state, including Google, Facebook and Microsoft.

Iowa’s wind energy by the numbers (source: American Wind Energy Association):

  • 13 active advanced manufacturing facilities building components of wind turbine parts
  • 5,708 MW of installed wind capacity, with another 525 MW under construction
  • 3,447 installed turbines
  • 9.2 million metric tons of CO2 emissions avoided

See how one Iowa utility company installs a state-of-the-art wind turbine.

100-day Insurance Accelerator Culminates at Iowa’s Global Insurance Symposium

After a fast-paced, intensive 100-day accelerator program, six startups will make their pitch in front of a global audience of insurance heavyweights at the Global Insurance Symposium (May 26-28) in downtown Des Moines.  The second annual symposium features high-level discussions about cybersecurity, big data, regulatory changes and spurring innovation within the insurance industry. Check out the agenda and register here.

A highlight of the 2015 conference is the company demonstrations from the first class of Global Insurance Accelerator program. This past February, six companies received $40,000 seed investment in exchange for equity when joining the program. The 100-day program includes startup mentoring and the opportunity to pitch their insurance-focused product or innovation to the 350+ participants at the Symposium. The first class features companies from Iowa, California, Brazil and Germany.

Get a first-hand look at the space and hear from GIA director, Brian Hemesath below:

Iowa Sites Ready for Development

Iowa has several industrial sites certified and ready for development with more coming online this summer. Ideal for large-scale industrial complexes, the communities of  DexterFort Dodge, Iowa Falls and Van Meter each have a certified site of 200 acres or more. These sites feature either interstate or rail access or both, plus key utility infrastructure in the ground and ready for hook-up.

Iowa’s certified site program, designed and implemented by the nationally recognized site selection firm McCallum Sweeney Consulting, parallels a typical site location process. Once credentialed, an Iowa Certified Site has relevant site-related data and documentation accumulated and is designated as “development-ready.”

Kelly H. with the Fort Dodge Growth Alliance talks about their certified site and how going through the program has made them “development-ready.”

If your company is looking to build new facilities and are searching for sites that are not only suitable for development but are also relatively “risk-free,” Iowa’s Certified Sites can fill the demand for project-ready industrial sites. Learn how your project can be in the ground sooner by contacting opportunities@iowa.gov.