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DES MOINES, Iowa – (Dec. 31, 2012) – Today, MidAmerican Energy Company announced the completion of its three Iowa wind projects that were under construction in 2012. The projects, totaling 407 megawatts, further solidify MidAmerican Energy’s ranking as the No. 1 rate-regulated utility in the U.S. in terms of ownership of wind-powered capacity.
“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,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy. “Wind now comprises approximately 30 percent of MidAmerican Energy’s generation portfolio.”
In January 2012, MidAmerican Energy announced that it had acquired the 106-megawatt Vienna wind project, located in Marshall and Tama counties; the 200-megawatt Eclipse wind project, located in Guthrie and Audubon counties; and the 101-megawatt Morning Light wind project, located in Adair County. The three projects consist of 176 wind turbines.
The wind turbines for MidAmerican Energy’s 2012 wind expansion were supplied by Siemens, with the blades manufactured at its Fort Madison, Iowa, facility. The Vienna wind project was constructed by Mortenson Construction, while the Eclipse and Morning Light wind projects were constructed by Wanzek Construction.
In 2011, MidAmerican Energy added 594 megawatts of new wind-powered generation in Iowa. The projects included the 444-megawatt Rolling Hills wind project, located in Adair, Adams and Cass counties; the 120-megawatt Laurel wind project, located in Marshall County; and the 30-megawatt Pomeroy wind expansion project, located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties. The wind turbines for these projects also were provided by Siemens.
“MidAmerican Energy’s 2011 and 2012 wind expansion projects demonstrate the company’s commitment to environmental respect,” added Fehrman. “Over the past two years, we’ve added 434 wind turbines that will provide renewable energy for many years to come.”
MidAmerican Energy’s other owned wind projects are located in Buena Vista, Carroll, Crawford, Floyd, Hamilton, Polk, Pottawattamie, Sac and Wright counties, totaling 1,284 megawatts of wind generation.
MidAmerican Energy now owns 2,285 megawatts of wind generation. MidAmerican Energy began building wind energy projects in 2004 and has invested approximately $3.9 billion in wind-powered generation projects in Iowa.
MidAmerican Energy Company, Iowa’s largest energy company, provides electric service to 732,000 customers and natural gas service to 714,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota. It is headquartered in Des Moines, Iowa. Information about MidAmerican Energy is available on the company’s website, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube pages, which can be accessed via www.midamericanenergy.com.