Iowa is a national leader in the wind energy industry. In 2015, Iowa generated 31.3 percent of its electricity from wind power, ranking first in the nation for wind energy as a share of total electricity generation and generating enough electricity to power the equivalent of more than 1.6 million average U.S. households. Iowa now ranks second in the nation for installed capacity and is a leader in wind manufacturing. Iowa is home two
major blade manufacturers, Siemens and TPI Composites. These facilities have created investment and opportunity throughout the wind energy supply chain for Iowa manufacturers. (AWEA, 2016)
Mid Iowa has identified over 150 supply-chain partners in the region available to support wind manufacturing. The region’s location provides access to the major interstates in Iowa providing transportation connections to Chicago, Kansas City, Minneapolis and Omaha. Mid Iowa possesses a potential workforce of over 300,000. Iowa Workforce Development’s laborshed data, details the region’s Labor Characteristics for Wind Component Manufacturing. Supporting this workforce are three community colleges providing wind energy and turbine technology programs, maintenance and manufacturing programs as well as providing companies with support to develop customized training programs.