Eleanor Hildebrandt | January 21, 2022
MidAmerican Energy unveiled a $3.9 billion renewable energy project this week, announcing plans to explore new technologies to decrease the company’s greenhouse gas emissions.
The energy company filed the proposed project with the Iowa Utilities Board on Wednesday. The “Wind Prime” plan would add 50 megawatts of solar generation and 2,042 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa. The plan would push forward renewable energy goals for the company. According to the Corridor Business Journal, MidAmerican Energy has invested nearly $14 billion in renewable energy projects across the state.
President and CEO of MidAmerican Kelcey Brown said in a press release that the company is working toward delivering 100 percent renewable energy to its customers.
“We are also preparing to meet an important milestone of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions,” Brown said. “The ‘Wind PRIME’ project will position us and our customers for a sustainable future, while ensuring we continue to deliver affordable and reliable energy.”
Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds supported the plan in the company’s press release. She said MidAmerican is a part of why Iowa is a renewable energy leader. The plan includes funding to examine new clean energy technologies in Iowa alongside wind and solar energy generation. “Wind PRIME” will strive to reduce carbon emissions. MidAmerican hopes the $3.9 billion project will allow the company to hit net zero for its greenhouse gas emissions. If the Iowa Utilities Board votes in favor of the project, the company plans to complete construction on its projects in under three years.