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.

Home wind turbine use on the rise

Photo by TechnoSpin Inc., Flickr

Residential wind turbine sales are on the rise and don’t show any signs of slowing down.

USA Today reports:

A growing number of people are investing in small electricity generating wind turbines for residential use, despite the bad economy, and backers of wind power say they expect advances in technology and manufacturing to make them even more popular. Continue reading

New wind farm coming to Franklin County

Photo by Brooke Raymond, Flickr.

Iowa will have one more wind energy farm in it by the end of the year if Alliant Energy has its way.

Read more from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel here:

Alliant Energy Corp. will build another wind farm, even though its two regulated utilities already are on track to comply with renewable energy targets in Wisconsin and Iowa, the Madison company said Thursday. Continue reading