Archive for Iowa

Apex Scoops Up Iowa Wind Farm From Optimum Renewables

Posted by Betsy Lillian on April 27, 2017

Apex Clean Energy has acquired the Great Pathfinder wind energy project from Optimum Renewables. The project – planned for Iowa’s Boone and Hamilton counties – could begin operating as early as 2020. According to Apex, Great Pathfinder has the potential [Read More]

Iowa Group Underscores Low Power Prices For The Wind-Rich State

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 31, 2017

Iowa produces more electricity from wind per capita than any other state, but importantly, according to new findings from the Iowa Policy Project (IPP), the state’s leadership in wind production has not come at a great expense to ratepayers. “This [Read More]

AWEA, IWEA: Expect Big Things For Iowa’s Wind Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on March 27, 2017

By continuing to grow the state’s thriving wind industry, more than 17,000 wind-related jobs could be in Iowa by 2020, according to recent Navigant Consulting analysis, as highlighted by the Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA) and the American Wind Energy [Read More]

Wisconsin Utility Plans Out Iowa Wind Farm

Posted by Betsy Lillian on February 22, 2017

Wisconsin’s Madison Gas and Electric (MGE) has announced a proposal to construct, own and operate its largest wind farm to date: the 66 MW, 33-turbine Saratoga project, to be situated in Howard County, Iowa. The wind farm would be located [Read More]

Work Starting Soon On First Two Sites Of Iowa’s Wind XI

Posted by Betsy Lillian on January 12, 2017

MidAmerican Energy has announced plans to build new wind farms in Boone, Greene and Mahaska counties in Iowa. The projects will be the first Wind XI sites selected for construction. The energy provider announced plans last April to invest $3.6 [Read More]

Vestas Inks Firm Order For MidAmerican’s Iowa Wind Giant

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 16, 2016

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order from MidAmerican Energy Co., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, for 153 MW of V110-2.0 MW turbines. The machines will be installed at MidAmerican’s 2 GW Wind XI project in Iowa. The [Read More]

Study: What Are Wind Turbines Doing For Iowa Crops?

Posted by Betsy Lillian on December 12, 2016

A multiyear study led by an Iowa State University scientist suggests wind turbines in operation in the state may be having a positive effect on crops. Gene Takle, a professor of agronomy and geological and atmospheric sciences, says wind turbines [Read More]

Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition Names 2017 Leaders

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 24, 2016

The Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition has appointed Gov. Gina Raimondo, D-R.I., and Gov. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., the group’s chair and vice chair, respectively, for 2017. Rhode Island has positioned itself as a leader in offshore renewable energy, says [Read More]

Report: The Impacts Of Iowa’s Thriving Wind Industry

Posted by Betsy Lillian on October 19, 2016

A new report detailing the benefits of wind energy for Iowa consumers – both corporate and residential – shows that adding 10 GW of wind over the next 25 years could save state ratepayers $12.6 billion. In addition, the average [Read More]

Slew Of Vestas Turbines Ordered For 2 GW Iowa Project

Posted by Betsy Lillian on September 23, 2016

Vestas has received a firm and unconditional order from MidAmerican Energy Co., a subsidiary of Berkshire Hathaway Energy, for 214 MW of V110-2.0 MW turbine components. The order is part of MidAmerican’s recently approved 2,000 MW Wind XI project in [Read More]