Iowa to construct 176 new wind turbines in 2012

A wind farm in Iowa. Photo by jenpilot, Flickr.

Last week MidAmerican Energy Co. announced that it will build 176 new wind turbines in Tama, Marshall, Audubon, Guthrie, and Adair counties this year. The turbines will have a combined generating capacity of 407.1 megawatts.

This addition will boost Iowa’s total wind generation capacity to 4,082 megawatts, maintaining the state’s second place position among the states in wind energy. Iowa is lead only be Texas, with 10,223 megawatts.

The new turbines will also bring MidAmerican’s total wind generating capacity to a total of  2,284 megawatts – the most of any investor-owned utilities in the United States.

“Wind is a viable renewable energy resource that enhances our energy portfolio, providing additional generation at a reasonable cost for our customers,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “These projects also fulfill our commitment to Iowa regulators and our customers.”

Depending on electricity use, one megawatt can power between 300 and 800 homes.

For more information, read the full article at the Des Moines Register.

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