The Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains—of Iowa
Texas and California are known as hotspots for wind energy. And rightly so—Texas leads the nation with over 12 gigawatts of installed wind capacity; California follows with half that. But trailing California by just half a gigawatt is Iowa, home of the gusty Buffalo Ridge in the northwest corner of the state. Iowa Public Radio reporter Durrie Bouscaren reports on wind development in Iowa and on the Rock Island Clean Line, a project that would deliver Iowa’s wind energy to Chicago and points east.
Durrie Bouscaren is a reporter for Iowa Public Radio in Des Moines, Iowa.
Christopher Intagliata was Science Friday’s senior producer. He once served as a prop in an optical illusion and speaks passable Ira Flatowese.