MidAmerican Energy Company proposes largest wind energy project in Iowa’s history

Source: By Jessica Lizard, Daily Energy Insider • Posted: Monday, August 22, 2016

The MidAmerican Energy Company has proposed the development of the largest wind farm in Iowa’s history – a $3.6 billion 2,000-megawatt wind farm poised to help the state achieve its goal of 100 percent renewable energy.

“We have a bold vision for our energy future,” MidAmerican Energy President and CEO Bill Fehrman said. “We don’t know of another U.S. energy provider that has staked out this 100 percent position. Our customers want more renewable energy, and we couldn’t agree more. Once the project is complete, we will generate wind energy equal to 85 percent of our annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100 percent renewable vision.”

The project is revolutionary in both size and methodology. MidAmerican proposed to build the project without increasing customer rates or requesting state funding, making the announcement during a news conference attended by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and Iowa Economic Development Authority Director Debi Durham.

The project, titled Wind XI, will generate enough electricity to help the state achieve 40 percent renewable energy consumption. Iowa is currently the only state with 30-plus percent of its total energy consumption sourced from renewable energy.

If approved, the project would continue to supply low-cost energy to Iowa consumers while reducing carbon emissions.