List ranks Iowa as America’s 9th cleanest energy state

Iowa Environmental Focus

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Nick Fetty | November 4, 2015

Iowa ranks ninth in the nation for renewable energy production, according to a recent article by the website Modernize.

The list points out that between 1960 and 2013 Iowa has generated nearly 80 percent of its energy from renewable sources. The Hawkeye State is the lone representative from the Midwest to crack the top 10.

“Maybe Washington, California, and Oregon come as no surprise – we associate them with environmental concern and the geographical variety to embrace multiple renewable technologies simultaneously. But the rest of the states that top the renewables ranking embody a striking mix of size, population, political preference, and socioeconomic standing. If this ranking indicates anything, it’s that success with renewables is possible in any combination of circumstances.”

Data on the list comes from the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) which has been tracking stats since 1960. The article also included lists for other energy-related categories…

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