MidAmerican Energy Company has announced plans to develop one new wind farm site in Adams County and expand a second site in O’Brien County in 2015 – an additional investment of up to $280 million for the nation’s leader in ownership of wind-powered generation among rate-regulated utilities.
Governor Terry Branstad helped MidAmerican deliver the news at a press conference on Friday morning.
If approved, the company’s proposed wind project would result in installation of up to 67 wind turbines. The project, scheduled for completion by the end of 2015, would add up to 162 megawatts of new wind generation capacity in Iowa.
Branstad says that Iowa has attracted major tech companies, such as Google, Microsoft and Facebook, because of our low energy prices and commitment to renewable energy.
Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds says that Iowa derives a greater percentage of its electricity from wind than any other state.
Ruth Comer, media relations manager with MidAmerican tells us about the expansion.
She tells us what this means for O’Brien County.
Comer says that wind energy is expanding at a fast pace in Iowa.
MidAmerican Energy is working with county officials and landowners to secure development and interconnection rights for the project sites.
The next step in the development process is for MidAmerican Energy to file for approval of its wind expansion project with the Iowa Utilities Board.