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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 29, 2013

Plentiful wind power helps lure Google and Facebook to Iowa

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-29 11:48:04

The rural Midwest’s prospects as a hub for data centers that store gobs of electronic data and route billions of emails got a jolt this week, as two of the world’s information technology juggernauts announced they would build or expand data center operations in the heart of what many people consider “flyover country.” On Tuesday, social media giant Facebook said it will invest $300 million in the community of Altoona, Iowa, to build its third U.S. data center about 13 miles west of Des Moines, the state capital. Google followed suit with its own announcement that it would sink another $400 million into an existing data center campus at Council Bluffs, Iowa, just across the Missouri River from Omaha, Neb. [ read more … ]

New AWEA boss looks to craft long-term strategy for industry

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-04-29 11:48:27

Coming off a banner year, the wind industry needs to chart a long-term path to maintain its momentum, its incoming top advocate says. Tom Kiernan, who was announced yesterday as the incoming CEO of the American Wind Energy Association, said his first order of business will be crafting a strategy to keep the industry vibrant for years to come. [ read more … ]

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