Below are facts about Iowa energy and factors that can grow our nation's energy and economic security:
- Iowa is the largest producer of ethanol in the United States.
- Iowa is the third-largest wind producer in the U.S. and the largest producer per capita.
- The vast majority of Iowa's electricity generation is from coal.
- About two-thirds of Iowa’s households use natural gas as their primary home heating fuel. Natural gas is also used to generate a small amount of electricity and to make fertilizer products such as anhydrous ammonia.
- 65,000 Iowa jobs are supported by the oil and natural gas industry.
- The oil and natural gas industry adds more than $4.4 billion to the state's economy, representing 3.1% of the state's GDP.
- America’s oil and natural gas industry supports 9.8 million jobs throughout the economy and 7.1 percent of GDP.
- The average salary for a non-gas station oil and gas job in Iowa is $65,868, about 50% higher than the state's average salary of $41,965.
- Iowa ranks 5th in the country for total energy consumed per capita (2014), yet 25th in the country for total energy production.