Wind Pushes Iowa Closer to Renewable Energy Goals

Wind energy in Iowa keeps growing, and the commissioning of MidAmerican Energy’s Intrepid Wind Project site means almost 43,000 homes will rely on the turbines for electricity. Turbines at the $323 million facility have an installed capacity of 160.5 MW.

“We’re pleased to reach this milestone of the 310.5 megawatt wind project on time and under budget,” said Tom Budler, MidAmerican Energy’s wind project manager. “This places MidAmerican more than half way to fulfilling its commitment to help meet Governor Vilsack’s goal to have 1,000 megawatts of new renewable energy generation in Iowa by 2010.” Infrastructure construction – wind turbine foundations, substation, underground electric line and access roads – for the 100 turbines at the Century Wind Project is nearly complete, according to the company’s press release, and final installation will begin this spring. The Century Wind Project should come on-line this summer. The 310.5 MW wind project is MidAmerican’s first owned and operated wind generation facility. When the wind project is complete, wind, water and biomass will be the source of more than 8 percent of the company’s electric generating capability. To help people get acquainted with the wind project, the company has released a virtual wind energy tour on their Web site. “The seven-minute tour begins with a synopsis of the history of harnessing the power of the wind from its earliest use by Egyptian mariners to providing electricity for farmers in the 1940s to today’s state-of-the-art wind technology,” said Georgia Spurgeon, who is the communications and Web analyst for MidAmerican. “You’ll also find out how MidAmerican’s 213-foot-tall wind turbines that dot the horizon in Sac and Buena Vista counties are controlled and how the wind is turned into electricity that is being used to power homes, businesses and schools in Iowa.” Visit the link below to access the wind energy virtual tour.
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