DES MOINES — Southeast Iowa has become home to the world's largest order for onshore wind turbines with MidAmerican Energy's announcement that Siemens will produce 448 turbines at its Fort Madison plant as part of an overall $1.9 billion wind-energy development.

Gov. Terry Branstad said Monday's development represents "another big leap" in Iowa's emerging wind-energy industry with the MidAmerican-Siemens connection expected to create 1,000 construction jobs during the two-year construction period as well as support about 40 permanent jobs and 500 jobs at Siemens' operation in Lee County.

Earlier this year, MidAmerican Energy received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board for a $1.9 billion project to install hundreds of wind turbines in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O'Brien and Webster counties by the end of 2015.

At a Statehouse news conference, Branstad called the MidAmerican investment "historic" and "the largest economic development project in the history of our state."

When completed, the MidAmerican wind turbine expansion will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of 317,000 average Iowa households and will mean about 25 percent of Iowa's energy portfolio will come from wind production, Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds said.

"With a total capacity of 1,050 megawatts, this represents not only the largest order ever for onshore wind turbines for Siemens, but also the largest single order for onshore wind power awarded globally to date," according to a Siemens news release.

Since 2007, Siemens has made and shipped more than 9,000 turbine blades from its Fort Madison facility.

"This gives us a stable base for the next couple of years," said Mark Albenze, chief executive officer of wind power Americas for Siemens Energy Inc.

The wind turbines, each with a rating of 2.3 megawatts and a rotor diameter of 108 meters, are to be installed in five different projects in Iowa. Siemens also will be responsible for service and maintenance of the wind turbines.

Since 2004, MidAmerican has installed 1,267 wind turbines in Iowa, representing a total investment of $4 billion and making it the largest rate-regulated utility owner of wind generation in the United States.

Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Co. is Iowa's largest energy company, providing electric service to 734,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is on track to own and operate 3,335 megawatts of wind-generation capacity in Iowa by the end of 2015. The company currently owns and operates 2,285 megawatts of wind-generation capacity in Iowa.

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And BTW we and the Germans already surrendered the Solar equipment manufacturing to the Communists in China and if the Republican'ts in Congress don't stop goofing around with their little games we will lose the Wind Generator Manufacturing industry to them also

Ditto for new transmission line networks like the RICL ..... Either we get to it now or we continue to argue like children and lose it


Well without the RICL and a couple of more like it then there won't be any new generators built and put into service .....

Electricity doesn't magically get from point A to point B through the air, at least in any remotely meaningful power (amps) levels and there simply isn't very much Demand in the sparely populated areas the wind blows best ....

Demand for electricity is NOT down, the Half Truth the Anti-RICL folk like to (half) quote, Demand for **conventionally generated** electricity is down because it's simply getting replaced by a better nearly Carbon Zero sources ....

Wind and Solar (and to a lesser extent Ethanol) are what is known in Economic Theory (The REAL stuff, not that Supply Side garbage) as Disruptive Technologies which is not a bad thing at all .... In fact Electricity was once a Disruptive Technology in it's day too, for instance it wiped out the whale oil industry which provided the best source for oil lamps for home lighting ..... The automobile was also a huge Disruptive Technology in it;'s day too wiping out everything from buggy whip, to blacksmiths to stable businesses in it's wake ....

It happens and it's usually for the best for consumers

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