IWEA News / Updates

Iowa Wind Energy Association Announces Hiring of New Executive Director
April 24, 2014

Prior brings new enthusiasm and passion for the continued development of wind energy in the State of Iowa and beyond.

Milford, IA, April 24, 2014 – By unanimous vote of the Board of Directors at their April 16th meeting, the Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) elected Mike Prior as the organization's new Executive Director. Prior had served as Director of Business Development of IWEA since 2009 and had served as Interim Executive Director since December of 2013.

Kathy Law, President of IWEA recently made the announcement. “We are very pleased that Mike Prior has agreed to become IWEA’s new executive director. Mike has done a fantastic job as IWEA’s Director of Business Development the past few years and the board is confident Mike’s enthusiasm and passion for the wind industry will allow IWEA to maintain and grow its strong leadership position in the wind industry.” said Law.

State Representative Dan Kelley of Newton commented, “I'm proud of the strong wind energy industry we've developed here in Iowa. Mike's experience and leadership will help us grow Iowa's wind energy industry, create more jobs, and protect our natural resources. I look forward to working with him in the future."

“Under the previous leadership of Harold Prior and now his son Mike, IWEA has been an invaluable partner to the American Wind Energy Association and has helped increase wind energy to over 27 percent of the state’s generation mix, a national record,” said Peter Kelley, Vice President of Public Affairs for AWEA. “Iowa has been a trail blazer for wind energy all along, and we expect wind power to keep growing there with Mike Prior’s and IWEA’s commitment and leadership.”

Prior said, "I am very honored and excited to take on the role of Executive Director at such a critical time for wind energy. Wind energy accounts for over 24 percent of total electrical generation in Iowa. The massive public support for more renewable energy, as well as the unwavering support of our Governor and our Federal and State Legislators gives us a unique opportunity to work together to make wind energy an even more integral part of Iowa’s energy portfolio."

Wind energy is an effective tool to keep electricity rates low and encourage development of proven renewable energy products. The economic impacts on Iowa are undeniable with over $9.8 billion dollars in capital investment, and approximately 7,000 jobs in construction, operational and maintenance, and manufacturing. Additionally, over $16 million dollars in annual landowner lease payments and substantial increases in the property tax base have resulted from Iowa’s support of wind development.

"I look forward to working with IWEA’s many members, partners and supporters to craft a long-term strategy that creates healthy and consistent wind energy policy in Iowa as well as the Midwest," Prior said. "Implementing this strategy will create jobs in our communities, strengthen our economy, and help address climate change."

DOE Announces Regional Resource Centers
March 14, 2014


On Monday, March 10th, the US Department of Energy (DOE) in cooperation with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) announced that a collaborative grant application submitted by the Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA), Windustry, and Wind Utility Consulting with sponsorship from the Iowa Energy Center had been accepted to develop a Midwest & Prairie Regional Wind Resource Center (M&PRWRC). This is a three (3) year grant with up to $487,500 of funding from the DOE and will be administered by NREL. Matching funds, both cash and in-kind, will be provided by the Iowa Energy Center, Windustry, IWEA, Wind on the Wires, and Wind Utility Consulting. The grant anticipates that the center will become self-sustaining after the initial three year period.

The M & PRWRC will facilitate regional collaboration and sharing of best practices in the states of Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Further, the regional resource center will disseminate information about the economic benefits of wind energy to the region, expand and preserve access to quality regional wind resources, and communicate with stakeholder groups to ensure accurate and reliable information about wind energy development.

USGS Interactive Map of All 47,000 Utility Scale Wind Turbines in the US
February 20, 2014

The US Geological Survey recently released an interactive map of all 47,000 utility scale wind turbines in the US and profiles the top 5 states including Iowa.  This interactive map allows the user to zoom in literally to an individual turbine and see some of the specific data about that individual turbine...a really powerful tool!  To see the map, use this link http://ecowatch.com/2014/02/13/interactive-map-47000-wind-turbines-u-s/

Breaking News from Iowa Senate on Federal PTC
February 05, 2014

Breaking News!


On a bipartisan unanimous vote, the Iowa State Senate gave its approval to a resolution calling on the federal government to extend the federal production tax credit for wind energy production. Copies of the bipartisan resolution will now be sent to each member of the state's congressional delegation and the President.


Video of this vote can be seen by clicking the link below.




Don't Miss Iowa's Wind Power Showcase Event
January 16, 2014

The 7th Annual Iowa Wind Power Conference will be held on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 11-12th at the FFA Enrichment Center on the Campus of Des Moines Area Community College in Ankeny, Iowa with a terrific line up of speakers, informative sessions, exhibitors and new research displays.  The tentative program is being finalized and will be on the IWEA website soon and can be seen by clicking on the 2014 Conference Program on the navigation bar on the left side of the IWEA website home page at www.iowawindenergy.org


There are an impressive set of General Sessions planned featuring nationally recognized leaders in the wind energy industry, elected leaders, policy development specialists and utility leaders in the wind energy industry.  A special feature of this year’s conference will be the first ever Education/Job Fair on March 11th which will provide wind energy companies an opportunity to meet with wind energy training programs and job seekers.  There will also be an opportunity for K-12 students and educators to learn more about job opportunities in wind energy.


There will be 30 exhibitors showcasing their products and services during the conference!  Exhibit booths are limited this year and are expected to go fast. 


Dozens of university wind energy research project displays will be available during the conference.  These project displays will be judged by a panel of experts and cash awards will be given to the top projects in several categories.  


The Annual Membership Meeting is Tuesday, March 11th from 3:45 to 5 pm with IWEA committee reports and the election of Board members to complete.


Registration materials are available on the IWEA website, and if you’re waiting until the last minute to register, remember there is an additional $50 fee for registering at the door.  Register today to attend one of the best regional wind association events in the nation!


Iowa is the national leader in the percentage of all electrical generation from wind, number of wind energy manufacturing companies/wind related businesses and number of wind energy jobs.  With the 7th best wind resource in the nation and a central location with convenient access to major navigable rivers and the national interstate highway system Iowa is likely to remain an industry leader.


For more information, please contact us via the Iowa Wind Energy Association website at www.iowawindenergy.org or call 515-320-4058.