Regulators Clear Iowa Wind Farm

November 5, 2003 [SolarAccess.com] According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) on October 17, the Iowa Utilities Board — responding to an application MidAmerican Energy had filed for the ratemaking principles for a proposed 310 MW wind project — found that wind power was “reasonable” as compared to all other long-term sources of energy supply. The company is planning a 310-MW wind power project. MidAmerican announced that it will have between 173 and 207 wind turbines, likely installed at more than one location, with each location having 80-150 MW of capacity. When new generation is constructed, utilities can apply to the Board to request the principles to use when including the costs of the new facility in electricity rates. “Alternative” energy production facilities were added to the list of eligible facilities for ratemaking principles by a bill enacted in 2003.

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