LENOX – The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) named Rep. David Young (R-Iowa) a U.S. Wind Champion for the 115tháCongress at an event hosted by MidAmerican Energy Company. AWEA is presenting U.S. Wind Champion Awards to embers of Congress who have demonstrated strong leadership in support of American wind energy.
Young was recognized for his leadership and initiative on behalf of American wind power and nearly 8,000 Iowa wind workers. After receiving the award, Young went to the top of a windmill near Lenox to see the inner workings of the country’s second tallest windmill.á
“Iowans are proud supporters of renewable energies like wind power,” Young said. “As an essential part of Iowa’s energy supply and a strategic piece of our country’s energy strategy, I will continue fighting to advance wind energy in Iowa and the United States.”
“Thanks to strong support from our customers, industry partners, the state of Iowa and elected officials, MidAmerican Energy’s 100 percent renewable energy vision is on its way to becoming reality by 2021. Last year we hit the halfway mark, delivering 50.8 percent of our customers’ annual energy needs from renewable generation,” Adam Wright, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy, said. “Congressman Young has played a key role in supporting policies that allow MidAmerican Energy and others to continue to invest in clean, reliable and affordable energy for their customers.”
“Rep. Young has consistently been a strong advocate for the American wind industry and for the nearly 8,000 Iowans who have careers in wind energy,” said Tom Kiernan, CEO of AWEA. “Time and time again, the Congressman has been a leading voice on behalf of U.S. wind power and the benefits it delivers to Americans every day. We are proud to recognize Rep. Young as a 2018 U.S. Wind Champion.”
Iowa is a national leader in wind power. Last year, wind farms generated 37 percent of the electricity produced in Iowa, a larger share than any other state. There are more than 8,000 Iowa wind workers and the state’s wind industry represents over $14.2 billion in private investment. Wind energy is also a new drought-proof cash crop for Iowa farmers, with land lease payments totaling $20 to $25 million each year.