Construction of a 123-megawatt wind facility in Pocahontas County in northwest Iowa is expected to begin later this year and is scheduled to be completed prior to the end of 2007. In April 2006, MidAmerican announced a 99-megawatt wind project in Crawford and Carroll counties in west central Iowa following Iowa Utilities Board approval of the company's plan to build up to 545 megawatts of new wind-powered electric generation in Iowa before the end of 2007.
"We're pleased that construction is underway at the project in Carroll and Crawford counties," said Tom Budler, MidAmerican Energy's wind project manager. "We're scheduled to have the project in Carroll and Crawford counties on-line by the end of this scheduled to have the project in Carroll and Crawford counties on-line by the end of this year, and construction is expected to get underway at the Pocahontas County site later this year."
The ultimate size of MidAmerican Energy's 2006-2007 wind expansion project, its overall cast and possible additional locations have not been finalized, but electric rates - the cost per kilowatt hour of electricity - in Iowa for MidAmerican customers will remain at current levels through at least 2010 pursuant to the Iowa Utilities Board order approving the project. The last time MidAmerican's customers experienced an electric rate increase was 1995.
The 123-megawatt wind facility site in Pocahontas County will be developed and constructed by enXco Development Corporation and will utilize 82 GE Energy 1.5-megawatt wind turbines.
Invenergy Wind Development Iowa LLC is constructing the 99-megawatt wind facility in Carroll and Crawford counties that will utilize 66 GE Energy 1.5-megawatt wind turbines.
MidAmerican currently owns and operates 360.5 megawatts of wind energy facilities in northwest and north central Iowa that have the capability to produce enough electricity to power 100,000 home.
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa's largest energy company, provides electric service to 706,000 customers and natural gas service to 687,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa.