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    Thursday, October 16, 2014

    IOWA UTILITY BUYS WIND TO CUT COSTS

    MidAmerican expands Iowa wind foothold

    Matthew Patane, October 11, 2014 (Des Moines Register)

    “…[Utility MidAmerican Energy will] invest an additional $280 million…[to] add 67 wind turbines at two western Iowa locations…[64] will go to a new wind farm…The other three will expand an existing [project]…The turbines have the potential to generate 162 megawatts of energy, enough to power 48,000 homes…[Construction will start in summer 2015 and provide 200 construction jobs and at least 10 permanent positions]…More than 27 percent of [Iowa’s] energy comes from wind, the highest state percentage in the nation…Iowa also has the seventh-best wind resource, or potential for wind energy generation, in the U.S…[MidAmerican] is continuing to invest in wind projects because they are a good way to reduce costs for customers and bring the state closer to meeting goals for reducing carbon emissions…Last year MidAmerican began construction on $1.9 billion worth of turbines in five Iowa counties [representing 1,050 megawatts]…” click here for more

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