Alliant Energy’s Iowa energy company has finalized an agreement with Tradewind Energy for the English Farms Wind Farm in central Iowa.
Located in Poweshiek County, the 170 MW, 69-turbine project will be built and owned by Alliant Energy. Major construction is expected to start in 2018.
“It has been extremely rewarding to work with Poweshiek County officials, landowners and community members,” comments Jeff Hammond, senior development manager for Tradewind Energy. “We are very proud to partner with Alliant Energy, which is contributing to the transformation of Iowa’s electric power supply.”
Alliant Energy received approval in 2016 to add up to 500 MW of wind energy in Iowa. The company requested a similar wind expansion from the Iowa Utilities Board again this year. Alliant Energy’s Iowa utility subsidiary, Interstate Power and Light Co., uses the trade name of Alliant Energy. The utility is based in Cedar Rapids and provides electric service to 490,000 retail customers and natural gas service to 220,000 retail customers.
This overall wind expansion, representing a roughly $1.8 billion investment, would add up to 1 GW of new wind generation in Iowa. Together, that’s enough to power up to 430,000 Iowa homes per year.