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Construction underway for Iowa's largest wind expansion

WATERLOO (KWWL) - An energy company is announcing additional details about the largest wind expansion in Iowa’s history.

Earlier this year, the MidAmerican Energy Company announced plans to develop up to 1,050 megawatts of additional wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2015, and construction activity is now underway at each of the five project sites.

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. MidAmerican officials say the construction will not increase costs for company's customers.

Officials say the wind expansion 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.

Officials also say 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.

“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 our customers,” said Bill Fehrman, president and CEO, MidAmerican Energy.

The Highland, Macksburg and Wellsburg wind projects will be constructed by Mortenson Construction, which is based in Minnesota, while the Lundgren and Vienna II wind projects will be constructed by Wanzek Construction, Inc., which is based in North Dakota.
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