California Is Plenty Green But Iowa Has the Cleanest Power

Thursday, January 11, 2018

California may be America’s clean-energy capital, but let’s give Iowa and North Dakota some credit too.

Aggressive environmental polices under Governor Jerry Brown have given rise to vast wind and solar farms, allowing California to generate almost one-third of its electricity from renewable sources. Meanwhile, Iowa has one of the nation’s least ambitious clean-energy targets and gets as much as 40 percent of its power from wind and solar farms.

The disparity between a state’s green goals and its green power show that economics, geography and population can play a larger role in renewable energy development than policy. California and New York have some of the most aggressive targets in the U.S. But Iowa and North Dakota still have higher ratios of clean energy.

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