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MidAmerican growing wind generation in Hawkeye state

GRUNDY COUNTY, Iowa (KWWL) – More and more wind turbines are coming online each year.

Currently, MidAmerican Energy operates more than 2,600 wind turbines, many of which are in the Hawkeye state.

The energy company says last year they paid roughly $21.1 million in lease payments to farmers for its wind projects. All of their turbines are built after a farmer expresses interest on putting it on their land.

The company operates two wind projects in Grundy County, the Ivester project and the Wellsburg project. Ivester was completed in 2018. Over the course of the life of the farm, MidAmerican says they’ll pay about $30 million in property taxes to the county.

Also, in 2018, MidAmerican hit a company milestone.

“Last year we delivered 51.4% of the electricity that our customers used over a years time through renewable energy sources. We want to double that. We’ve passed the halfway mark, but we want to make it 100% renewable energy,” Geoff Greenwood, a spokesperson for MidAmerican, said. This company achievement is part of their GreenAdvantage program.

Wind generation from all of the companies turbines is said to have the capability to power 2 million homes.

 

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Taylor Vessel

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