With the completion of two wind projects in Iowa, MidAmerican Energy has added more than 1,200 MW of wind generation capacity to its portfolio.
Highland Wind Farm in O’Brien County entered service Dec. 3, marking the completion of MidAmerican’s Wind VIII project – the company’s largest wind project to date and what MidAmerican says is one of the largest economic development projects in state history.
On Jan. 30, MidAmerican completed Wind IX project when Adams Wind Farm in Adams County entered service.
Wind VIII and Wind IX together bring MidAmerican’s total wind generation capacity to nearly 3,500 MW – about 42 percent of the company’s installed capacity.
“Slightly more than 10 years ago, MidAmerican Energy didn’t own any wind energy generation,” said Mike Gehringer, vice president of renewable energy. “As a company, we committed to develop wind as a resource for our customers. Today, wind makes up the largest share of our generation portfolio, and we project that by 2017 we will generate an amount equal to 57 percent of our total retail load with clean, non-carbon energy from our wind projects in Iowa.”
Over the next 30 years, MidAmerican’s wind projects are expected to generate more than $1.5 billion in lease payments to landowners and property tax payments to schools, cities and counties.
MidAmerican serves 746,000 electricity customers in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota.