Report: Wind power saves Iowans on energy costs

By Mitchell Schmidt, The Gazette

IOWA CITY — A new Iowa Policy Project report claims Iowa’s electricity prices, which are lower than the national average, can be attributed to the state’s growing wind industry.

David Osterberg, a professor in the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health at the University of Iowa and Iowa Policy Project’s lead environmental researcher, said energy price data finds the cost per kilowatt-hour in Iowa remains lower than the national average and that the gap has been increasing. Click here to read more.

Photo: Travis Bryant of Springville (left) and Matthew Graves of Tipton begin work to replace batteries in the turbine hub of Kirkwood Community College’s wind program lab on Friday, Feb. 10, 2017. Students in the second year in the Energy Production and Distribution Technologies program train on direct replacements for a wind turbine hub and nacelle. Credit: Liz Martin / The Gazette