To get to zero by 2050, Iowa must cut climate pollution by
4.9 million metric tons of CO2 equivalent a year.

Emissions in Iowa

Million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2e) emissions

Note: Grey area indicates missing data due to processing delays.

This is how we're going to do it.


Iowa's climate pollution, by source
🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    Decarbonize Our Buildings

    🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    7% of Iowa's climate pollution comes from buildings.

    We burn fossil fuels to heat our air, water, and food.

    To cut this pollution...

    Let's electrify our heat!

    We'll replace...

    ...in all of Iowa's 2.1 million buildings.

    In fact, 28% of buildings in Iowa are already fossil fuel free!

    That means we only need to electrify the remaining 1.5 million dirty buildings in Iowa. That's around 54,000 per year.

    Percent of Buildings electrifiedA chart showing the share of Buildings that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.28.27% have been electrified, and the remaining 71.73% are fossil fuel based.Buildings ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all buildings cuts 7% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    Decarbonize Our Transport

    🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    15% of Iowa's pollution comes from cars, trucks, trains, and planes.

    But mostly from cars.

    To cut this pollution,

    your next car must be electric.

    Or consider going car-free with public transit, bikes/e-bikes, car share, or other alternatives!

    There are 1.2 million vehicles in Iowa and 2,000 are already electric (0.2% of the total).

    We need to electrify (or replace) the remaining 1.2 million gas-powered vehicles. That's around 42,000 a year.

    Percent of Vehicles electrifiedA chart showing the share of Vehicles that have already been electrified and still based in fossil fuel.0.2% have been electrified, and the remaining 99.8% are fossil fuel based.Vehicles ElectrifiedNot yet

    Electrifying all transportation cuts 15% of the pollution.

    🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    Decarbonize Our Power

    🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    21% of Iowa's pollution comes from burning coal, gas, and oil to make power.

    Dirty power plant

    To cut this pollution...

    Put solar panels on your roof!

    Then, we'll replace all fossil fuel power plants with solar and wind farms.

    We need to replace dirty power plants with clean ones (mostly wind and solar)

    ...and find good jobs for those workers.

    Current Fossil Fuel Power Plants in Iowa

    15 coal plants

    Name: Walter Scott Jr. Energy Center
County: Pottawattamie
Megawatt Capacity: 1,779
Utility: MidAmerican Energy Co

    Walter Scott Jr. Energy Center
    Pottawattamie County
    1,779 MW

    Name: George Neal North
County: Woodbury
Megawatt Capacity: 1,080
Utility: MidAmerican Energy Co

    George Neal North
    Woodbury County
    1,080 MW

    Name: Louisa
County: Louisa
Megawatt Capacity: 812
Utility: MidAmerican Energy Co

    Louisa
    Louisa County
    812 MW

    Name: Ottumwa
County: Wapello
Megawatt Capacity: 726
Utility: Interstate Power and Light Co

    Ottumwa
    Wapello County
    726 MW

    ...and 11 more

    30 gas plants

    Name: Marshalltown Generating Station
County: Marshall
Megawatt Capacity: 709
Utility: Interstate Power and Light Co

    Marshalltown Generating Station
    Marshall County
    709 MW

    Name: Emery Station
County: Cerro Gordo
Megawatt Capacity: 603
Utility: Interstate Power and Light Co

    Emery Station
    Cerro Gordo County
    603 MW

    Name: Greater Des Moines Energy Center
County: Polk
Megawatt Capacity: 576
Utility: MidAmerican Energy Co

    Greater Des Moines Energy Center
    Polk County
    576 MW

    Name: Electrifarm
County: Black Hawk
Megawatt Capacity: 264
Utility: MidAmerican Energy Co

    Electrifarm
    Black Hawk County
    264 MW

    ...and 26 more

    84 oil plants

    Name: Lime Creek
County: Cerro Gordo
Megawatt Capacity: 90
Utility: Interstate Power and Light Co

    Lime Creek
    Cerro Gordo County
    90 MW

    Name: Roquette America
County: Lee
Megawatt Capacity: 84
Utility: Roquette America

    Roquette America
    Lee County
    84 MW

    Name: Dayton Avenue Substation
County: Story
Megawatt Capacity: 79
Utility: City of Ames - (IA)

    Dayton Avenue Substation
    Story County
    79 MW

    Name: Indianola
County: Warren
Megawatt Capacity: 55
Utility: Indianola Municipal Utilities

    Indianola
    Warren County
    55 MW

    ...and 80 more

    But wait!

    It's not enough to replace our power plants with wind and solar farms.

    To power our electric cars and buildings, we need two times the electricity we have today.

    In all, we'll need to build 4,000 Megawatts of wind power and 4,000 Megawatts of solar power.

    Since Iowa already has 4,000 Megawatts of wind and 54 Megawatts of solar, that's 4,000 Megawatts of wind power we need to build and 4,000 Megawatts of solar power. That's around 0 Megawatts of wind power and 137 Megawatts of solar power a year.

    Percent of needed targetGeneration builtA chart showing the share of Solar and Wind capacity that has already been installed and rest to be installed. We are 51% of the way to what we need to be carbon neutral by 2050.MWs of targetGeneration Built

    Decarbonizing all dirty power cuts 21% of the pollution.

    And gives us zero-emissions power we need to eliminate pollution from buildings and cars!

    🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    Other Emissions

    🏭 Other: 56%🔌 Power: 21%🚗 Transport: 15%🏠 Buildings: 7%

    The last 56% of Iowa's climate pollution comes from other sources...

    This includes farming, landfills, industry, and leaks from gas pipelines.

    There's no one solution to solve these problems, but there are lots of great ideas:

    • No-till farming to keep CO2 in the soil
    • Capturing methane leaks from landfills
    • Capturing CO2 to make emissions-free concrete
    • Burning green hydrogen to make emissions-free steel
    • Plugging methane leaks from gas pipelines

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