The primary aim of this study is to evaluate the potential for tapping Iowa’s wind resource to reduce CO2emissions from electric power plants, not only in Iowa but regionally.
In June 2014, the EPA proposed a rule (111(d)) setting the year 2030 target CO2 emissions rate reductions for each state’s power plants. It is in light of that proposed rule that the present study was undertaken. This report finds that the EPA – proposed target for Iowa as a whole will only require modest changes to achieve the go als. B ased just on existing and currently – committed wind development in the state alone, and ignoring efficiency improvements and currently planned changes in fossil fuel energy generation, Iowa will likely achieve at least half of the 2030 target by the end of 2015.
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