Wind Energy

Wind VIII Construction

Construction is Underway
Construction activity is underway at each of the project sites that are a part of the Wind VIII project announced in May 2013. Once complete, the new wind projects, which will consist of 448 wind turbines, will generate enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 317,000 average Iowa households.

On Dec. 16, 2013, at a press conference and commemorative event held at the Siemens facility in Fort Madison, Iowa, MidAmerican Energy announced the first project site already is delivering energy to Iowans. All 19 turbines at the Vienna II wind farm in Marshall County were placed in-service in December 2013. The project was constructed by Wanzek Construction, which is based in North Dakota.

The Lundgren wind farm also will be constructed by Wanzek Construction, and the Highland, Macksburg and Wellsburg wind farms will be constructed by Mortenson Construction, which is based in Minnesota.

When the new projects are completed in 2015, MidAmerican Energy will have the capability to generate more than 3.3 gigawatts of clean electricity from one of Iowa’s most abundant renewables resources – wind.

Project Background
The expansion project will provide more than $3 million in landowner payments each year and more than $360 million in additional property tax revenues over the next 30 years. The expansion will be constructed at no net cost to the company’s customers and will help stabilize electric rates over the long term. Approximately 1,000 construction jobs will be added to Iowa’s economy during the two-year construction period, and approximately 40 new permanent jobs will be added when the expansion is complete.

Siemens Energy will provide all the turbines – all of the blades for the expansion will be manufactured at Siemens’ Fort Madison, Iowa, facility, while the nacelles will be manufactured at Siemens’ Hutchinson, Kan., facility.

We look forward to continuing positive relationships with state and county officials as well as landowners and other local residents during the construction and operation of the new wind farms that are a part of the Wind VIII project. Not only will the projects bring jobs and other economic development to the state, they will enhance MidAmerican Energy’s renewable energy portfolio – making additional affordable, environmentally responsible energy to benefit customers.