MidAmerican Energy Co. has completed three of the Iowa wind projects that were under construction in 2012, the company announced Monday.
The Iowa projects, which total 407 megawatts, further solidify MidAmerican Energy’s ranking as the nation’s No. 1 rate-regulated utility in terms of ownership of wind-powered capacity, according to the utility.
“MidAmerican Energy had approval from the Iowa Utilities Board to add up to 1,001 megawatts of wind-powered generation prior to 2013, and I’m proud to say that we fulfilled that commitment,” Bill Fehrman, MidAmerican Energy’s president and chief executive officer, said in a news release. “Wind now comprises approximately 30 percent of MidAmerican Energy’s generation portfolio.”
A year ago, MidAmerican Energy announced that it had acquired three Iowa projects consisting of 176 wind turbines. They included a 106-megawatt Vienna wind project, located in Marshall and Tama counties; a 200-megawatt Eclipse wind project, located in Guthrie and Audubon counties; and a 101-megawatt Morning Light wind projects, located in Adair County.
MidAmerican Energy also owns Iowa wind projects in Buena Vista, Carroll, Crawford, Floyd, Hamilton, Polk, Pottawattamie, Sac and Wright counties totaling 1,284 megawatts of wind generation.
Fehrman said MidAmerican Energy’s wind expansion projects over the past two years — totaling 434 wind turbines — “demonstrate the company’s commitment to environmental respect.”
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MidAmerican Energy, which began building wind energy projects in 2004, now owns 2,285 megawatts of wind generation. It has invested about $3.9 billion in wind-powered generation projects in Iowa.
The company’s investment also is helping support some of the state’s other wind energy companies, including blade manufacturer Siemens in Fort Madison.
The announcement came just days after MidAmerican Wind, a subsidiary of MidAmerican Renewables — a sister company to MidAmerican Energy, said it has completed two wind projects in California. The projects, located near Tehachapi, are known as Pinyon Pines Wind I and Pinyon Pines Wind II. They were the former Alta Wind VII and Alta Wind IX projects.
In early December, MidAmerican Wind announced the completion of its Bishop Hill II wind project in Henry County, Ill.