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May 9, 2013

Iowa’s biggest economic project ever: $1.9b wind turbine plan

CATHERINE LUCEY, The Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2013-05-09 11:52:42

Iowa’s largest energy company announced plans Wednesday to spend $1.9 billion to install hundreds of wind turbines by the end of 2015, marking what the governor described as the largest economic development project in the state’s history. Officials with Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy made the announcement at a Statehouse news conference with Gov. Terry Branstad, who noted that wind energy has been a selling point for high-tech firms looking to invest in Iowa. “Wind energy is an exploding field and we’re excited about it,” Branstad said. “As wind energy grows, so does the Iowa economy.” [ read more … ]

MidAmerican Energy will invest $1.9 billion in wind projects in Iowa

by William Petroski, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2013-05-09 11:53:04

Gov. Terry Branstad announced Wednesday that MidAmerican Energy will make a $1.9 billion investment in Iowa for wind energy projects that will be the biggest single economic investment ever in the state. “As wind energy goes, so does Iowa’s economy,” said Branstad, who spoke enthusiastically about the plans. He added, “Remember, once they make this investment it will be here for the next 40 or 50 years.” MidAmerican officials said no sites have been selected yet, but they hinted the sites would be in northwest Iowa and south of Interstate Highway 80 in western Iowa. [ read more … ]

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