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  • Iowa, the largest producer of ethanol in the United States, had 25.9% of the nation's fuel ethanol manufacturing capacity in 2016. 
  • Iowa ranked third among the states in consumption of liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) in 2014, in part because of heavy use of LPG in the industrial sector for such as activities as drying corn crops and in the residential sector for heating.
  • Coal's share of net electricity generation in Iowa declined from 76% in 2008 to 47% in 2016, but coal is still the state's largest source of net electricity generation.
  • In 2016, Iowa ranked second among the states in net electricity generation from wind and third in net electricity generation from all nonhydroelectric renewable energy resources.
  • Wind provided 36.6% of Iowa’s total electricity generation in 2016, a larger share than in any other state. Wind was second only to coal as an energy source for electricity generation in the state.

Last Updated: March 16, 2017

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Iowa, U.S. Rankings

Total Energy per Capita 5
Total Energy per Capita 7
Total Energy 24
Crude Oil --
Natural Gas --
Coal --
Electricity 29
Natural Gas 27
Electricity 14
Carbon Dioxide Emissions 25

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Today In Energy

U.S. ethanol production capacity continues to increase
Jun 28, 2017

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Iowa Economic Development Authority, Energy Office

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Iowa Department of Human Rights, Division of Community Action Agencies, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance (LIHEAP)

United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Community Services, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program

Alternative Fuels and Advanced Vehicle Data Center, Federal and State Incentives and Laws


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