MidAmerican Energy recently updated their plan to become a 100% renewable energy company. They know this is a lofty goal and still more investment is needed both in infrastructure and energy production, but they are well on their way.
A few key points:
- Our customers want more renewable energy – 91% of those we asked say it’s important to utilize renewable resources like wind and solar.
- Our rates in Iowa are the 9th lowest in the U.S. – about 37% below the national average.
- In 2004, 70% of our generation capacity came from coal and nothing came from wind. At year-end 2016, 48% of our generation capacity came from wind and 31% came from coal.
- Overall, Iowa's wind energy production is above 36%.
Their report concludes: "To support the integration of renewable energy onto the power grid, we are investing in our transmission infrastructure and working with our transmission provider to ensure it can carry the new power load."
We have a long way to go to reach a majority renewable energy production across the state, but the more we invest in these technologies, we will have a cleaner environment and energy security.