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Utilities infrastructure would revolutionize Iowa

By Staff | Mar 9, 2011

There’s a lot of interest in wind energy in Iowa.

A whole lot.

If you don’t think so, all you had to do was go to the job fair at Iowa Lakes Community College in Estherville Wedneday. There were a few employers and colleges represented, which was certainly respectable. If you went a couple blocks east to the wind energy and turbine technology building to see the job fair for wind students, though, it was quite a bit different.

The place was absolutely packed.

There were far more employers and the wind students carried resumes and cover letters, with some dressed more like wind company CEOs than prospective interns looking for summer work. (A number of HR managers called them sir.)

Iowa is number three in wind production in the country for a very good reason. Yes, we have wind. (But so do the Dakotas). The difference, though, is that we have one of the best training grounds for wind energy right here in Estherville – at Iowa Lakes.

There’s no reason to stop there, though.

If the State of Iowa wanted to get serious about generating revenue, it would sell bonds to build an electrical utility infrastructure along major state highways. Cars and trucks running on electricity could stop at state rest areas for a quick “charge-up”. We build rest areas anyway – why not put electrical charging stations in them.

Such an ambitious project would further revolutionize the renewable energy industry and likely make Iowa number one and not number three in production of electricity from wind.

We make wind power here. Why not sell it here – and keep the profits for Iowa rather than send them out of state.

It’s just a thought.