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Hawkeye State Headwinds

Hawkeye State Headwinds

Full Title: Hawkeye State Headwinds - A Case Study of Local Opposition and Siting Challenges for Large Scale Wind Development in Iowa
Author(s): Casey Kelly, Spencer Nelson, John Herter, Ian Woodhouse, and Hannah MacInnis
Publisher(s): ClearPath, LucidCatalyst
Publication Date: July 1, 2022
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Description (excerpt):

To understand some of the real-world challenges of decarbonization, ClearPath and LucidCatalyst collected a database of all county-level wind ordinances in Iowa. We then conducted a detailed geospatial downscaling analysis of the Princeton Net-Zero America Project (NZAP) 2050 wind energy projections for each county in Iowa, applying each county’s setback requirements and standards. We qualitatively considered transmission and interconnection issues that could limit clean energy growth of all varieties. Ultimately, the wind development challenges in Iowa are common across the U.S. and should be incorporated into deep decarbonization modeling and clean energy policy.

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