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October 24, 2013

Governor Branstad supporting Clean Line and MidAmerican Energy Projects (Part 1)

By Loren Gaylord Flaugh, Correspondent, Cherokee Chronicle Times  •    •  Posted 2013-10-24 07:12:30

“Wind energy holds huge potential for NW Iowa,” Simon continued. “And the Clean Line Energy/Rock Island transmission project, as well as other wind projects, can turn potential into economic reality. NWIDP feels so strongly about the project that we have formally supported the project and plan to support it in multiple ways.” [ read more … ]

Governor Branstad supporting Clean Line and MidAmerican Energy Projects (Part 2)

By Loren Gaylord Flaugh, Correspondent, Cherokee Chronicle Times  •    •  Posted 2013-10-24 07:12:53

“MidAmerican Energy, of course, is making a $1.9 billion expansion to wind energy in Iowa.” MidAmerican’s expansion program is the largest single financial investment in the state’s history which includes adding up to 656 new wind turbines totaling 1050 megawatts of wind energy that’s to be used within Iowa. “And then, of course, you have here the Clean Line Energy plan. Its tremendous economic development for Iowa and this area of the state which will capitalize on our robust wind energy that we have,” Branstad noted. “All you have to do was be outside today and see that this is the windiest part of the state, so it makes a lot of sense.” Harkening back, Branstad said, “I’m proud to say that I was the Governor that started this back in 1983. We were the first state to begin a program that we called the Renewable Energy Standard. Since then, 24 states have copied what we have and it’s been very successful. I think we’re up to between 25% or 30% of our energy that’s now produced from the wind. [ read more … ]

Shutdown delays Md. offshore wind auction — Jewell

Elizabeth Harball, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-10-24 07:14:46

The 16-day government shutdown delayed the announcement of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management’s third competitive offshore wind lease sale, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said yesterday. “Had we not been shut down for two-and-a-half weeks, I would be announcing the next sale date for the Maryland wind energy area,” Jewell said. “I don’t have that firm date for you, but it will be coming up.” Speaking at the American Wind Energy Association conference in Providence, R.I., Jewell called the shutdown “a bit of a rude awakening” after her tenure in the business sector, most recently as the CEO of outdoor gear retailer REI. [ read more … ]

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