Iowa Governor Dedicates 44 MW Wind Farm

Commercial-scale wind power developments have been few and far between this year due to an expired federal Production Tax Credit (PTC) that has essentially held off any new construction. Anticipating this lapse in the credit in 2004, wind power developers scrambled in the last months of 2003 to complete their projects in order to qualify. The 44 MW Flying Cloud Wind Power Plant was one of them.

Dickinson County, Iowa – August 3, 2004 [SolarAccess.com] While the first blades starting turning in December of 2003, an event late last month officially dedicated the wind power facility. The major parties involved in the wind farm are PPM Energy, Clipper Windpower, Alliant Energy, GE, Dickinson County and the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory. Iowa’s Governor Tom Vilsack was the keynote speaker at the event and proclaimed July 19-25 “Iowa Wind Energy Week.” “In these times when energy has such a major role in our economic well being, environmental health and our national security, you cannot help but feel the fundamental soundness of a project like Flying Cloud and the need to support more wind power development,” said James G.P. Dehlsen, Clipper’s CEO. Located in northwestern Iowa, power generated by the project is delivered into a long-term agreement to Interstate Power & Light Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Alliant Energy. The project is owned by PPM Energy, was developed by Clipper Windpower and is operated by GE Energy. The project is expected to produce enough clean, wind energy to annually power about 20,000 average Iowa homes. Following the ribbon-cutting, the festivities included tours of the 2,600-acre site and an array of learning opportunities at the Iowa Lakeside Laboratory on the shores of West Okoboji Lake. The U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s outreach van displayed the nation’s latest wind research and provided hands-on activities for guests to learn about wind energy. “PPM thanks the Dickinson County community for its enthusiasm about wind power development,” said Terry Hudgens, PPM CEO. “We take into consideration this kind of community support when making future investment decisions.” PPM Energy, a unit of has a portfolio of more than 830 MW of wind power currently in operation in seven states PPM has a goal of bringing 2,000 MW of new wind power to market by 2010. Clipper has formed two wind power projects totaling 206 MW and has an additional 1100 MW of projects planned through 2007. The Company has received over $11 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy and the California Energy Commission for development of advanced wind turbine technology.
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