MidAmerican Wind Energy Project in Western Iowa Supplies 40,000 Customers

MidAmerican Wind Energy Project in Western Iowa Supplies 40,000 Customers

A new wind energy project by MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co. in western Iowa has the ability to produce enough electricity to power about 40,000 customers.

The Victory Wind Project consists of 66 wind turbines in Carroll and Crawford counties, near the towns of Westside and Arcadia.

“MidAmerican is committed to helping Iowa become a leader in the development of renewable energy,” said Todd Raba, president of the Des Moines-based company. “What we’re doing is good for Iowa, good for the environment and good for our customers.

Construction on the 99-megawatt project began last spring. Its completion boosts MidAmerican’s wind energy generating capacity in Iowa to 459.5 megawatts.

The company began building wind energy projects in 2004. It completed a 310.5-megawatt and 50-megawatt project last year.

Both were in response to a challenge by Gov. Tom Vilsack to work toward achieving 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy in Iowa by 2010.

MidAmerican plans to complete a 123-megawatt project near Pomeroy next year to help achieve that goal.

Raba said MidAmerican hasn’t raised electric rates since 1995 and doesn’t plan any increases through at least 2010.

MidAmerican is Iowa’s largest energy company and provides electric service to 706,000 customers and natural gas service to 687,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, South Dakota and Nebraska.

MidAmerican is controlled by Omaha, Neb.-based Berkshire Hathaway.

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