Iowa senator slams Rick Perry for study undermining wind energy

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Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley is concerned a study commissioned by US Energy Secretary Rick Perry may undermine the wind energy. MidAmerican Energy Co Twitter photo.

Iowa on track to generate 90 per cent of its electricity from wind energy in coming years

Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley raised a number of questions concerning the 60-day study commissioned by US Energy Secretary Rick Perry last month to determine the reliability of the electric grid.

Grassley says the study appears “geared to undermine” the wind energy industry which is booming in Iowa.

Reuters reported the study was ordered by Perry who said policies set up by former President Obama offered incentives for renewable energy sources and came at the expense of other energy sources including coal and nuclear.

“I’m concerned that a hastily developed study, which appears to pre-determine that variable, renewable resources such as wind have undermined grid reliability, will not be viewed as credible, relevant or worthy of valuable taxpayer resources,” Grassley wrote.

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Grassley pointed to a recent study conducted by the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory which took two years to complete.

In the letter, Grassley also asked Perry about the cost of the study and if it would be open to public comment as well as which grid-reliability organizations and experts were involved in writing the report.

According to the Republican Senator, Iowa currently gets 36 per cent of electricity from wind.  The state’s largest utility, MidAmerican Energy Co says it is on track to generate 90 per cent of its electricity needs from wind in a few years.

Grassley added that MidAmerican has the ninth lowest electricity rates in the United States.

Perry has been a long-time advocate for the fossil fuel industry, even though his home state of Texas has become the country’s leading wind energy producer.

Senator Chuck Grassley has been a leading proponent in Congress for the continuation of a wind energy production tax credit which is due to phase out in the coming years and will end in 2020.





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