Following an announcement earlier this year of a $1.9 billion investment in wind energy, MidAmerican Energy Co recently announced the beginning of construction on the 5 projects totalling 1,050 megawatts from 558 wind turbines across the state including:
- 500 megawatts to O’Brien County from Highland Wind Energy
- 250 megawatts to Lundgren wind site in Webster County from EDF Renewable Energy
- 138.6 megawatts to Wellsburg wind project in Grundy County
- 117 megawatts to Macksburg wind project in Madison County from RPM Access companies
- 44.6 megawatts will be added to the existing Vienna wind farm in Marshall County
Siemens Energy will be supplying the 2.3 megawatt G2 platform turbines for each of the project sites. Minnesota-based Mortenson Construction will be responsible for building the Highland, Macksburg and Wellsburg projects, while North Dakota-based Wanzek Construction will build the Lundgren and MidAmerican Vienna projects.
Together, the new projects will generate enough electricity to power about 317,000 average Iowa households and will provide more than $3 million in landowner payments each year, as well as $360 million in property tax revenues over the next 30 years. MidAmerican customers will not see any of the cost of the expansion. In fact, they will see stabilized rates over the long term, an addition of nearly 1,000 construction jobs in Iowa over the next 2 years, and about 40 new permanent jobs when they are completed.
To learn more about wind energy in Iowa and MidAmerican’s projects, plan to attend the second lecture in the Iowa Energy Center’s Lecture Series on November 21st. Dean Crist, Vice President of Regulation at MidAmerican Energy, is the guest speaker. The lecture will be at 1:00 p.m. in the Cardinal Room of Iowa State University’s Memorial Union.
Source: MidAmerican starts work on 5 wind sites, Des Moines Register
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