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Op-ed: Iowa’s wind-industry commitments pay off
“It creates thousands of jobs, supports economic development, boosts tax receipts, attracts investment in our state, and puts extra money in farmers’ pockets,” notes Sen. Chuck Grassley, a leading Republican.
Iowa: The transition mouse that roared
Iowa, “among the top five energy-consuming states, mainly because of its industry and manufacturing,” is benefitting from its embrace of renewables, which continue to take power- generation market share from coal.
Infrequently-used Nebraska coal plant is one of many in trouble
A coal-fired power plant that has historically been a key part of Nebraska’s electricity network is being used less and less as grid operators turn increasingly to cheaper wind- and solar-generation power. Analysts say the Gentleman coal plant, which is almost 40 years old, is like many in states like Iowa, Nebraska, and North Dakota that are no longer cost-competitive. “These plants were designed to run at, or near, full capacity,” said a plant manager for the Nebraska Public Power District. “We aren’t doing that much anymore.”