Iowa Calls Up the Wind

More than US$500,000,000 worth of wind turbines have been or are being built in Iowa, including a replacement of the first turbine to be owned and operated by a public power system in the Midwest. The Waverly Light & Power Board is installing a new 900 kW turbine on a farm north of the town, to replace the first 80 kW machine known as Skeets 1.

WAVERLY, Iowa, US, 2001-11-01 [SolarAccess.com] More than US$500 million worth of wind turbines have been or are being built in, Iowa including a replacement of the first turbine to be owned and operated by a public power system in the Midwest. The Waverly Light & Power Board is installing a new 900 kW turbine on a farm north of the town, to replace the first 80 kW machine known as Skeets 1. The new turbine will be quieter due to lower rotor speed and greater height. The landowners expressed concern about the existing turbine’s noise, but recognized the utility’s leadership in wind generation and concern for the environment. The utility has already received a waiver from the Iowa Utilities Board from having to file a biennial energy efficiency plan, because it has shown superior results with existing energy efficiency programs. It is the only utility in Iowa to receive such a waiver. Staff also received permission to join 70 other Iowa municipal utilities in hiring a consultant to study a proposed power plant. The utilities have expressed an interest in 600 MW of baseload and 100 MW of peaking capacity, and the Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities has issued a RFP for an analysis and recommendation of the best technologies.
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