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At the end of 2008, the installed capacity for wind power in Iowa was 2,791 megawatts (MW), equal to 11% of the total wind capacity in the U.S. As of April 2009, estimates by the Iowa Utilities Board indicate that wind provides about 15% of the electricity generated in Iowa.

Overview

In recent years, Iowamarker has surged to more than 10% of the U.S.'s 25,170 megawatts (MW) of wind power capacity. As of 2008, the states with the most wind capacity installed are:



Wind farms in Iowa tend to be sited in the north and west portion of the state. Wind maps show the windsin these areas to be well suited for the development of wind energy. The Story County wind farm, nearColomarker in central Iowa, and the Pomeroy wind farm, between Pomeroy and Fonda in northwest Iowa, are two of thenewer projects.

History

The boom in U.S. wind power capacity is being met with increased investment in wind power manufacturing facilities in the heart of the country.In late September 2007, Siemens Power Generation celebrated the grand opening of its new wind turbine blade factory in Fort Madison, Iowamarker, on the banks of the Mississippi River. The factory is expected to produce 600 wind turbine blades each year and should employ 260 people by year's end. The facility manufactures 148-foot-long, 12-ton blades for the company's 2.3-MW wind turbines installed in the United States. In October, Iowa Governor Chet Culver announced that Hendricks Industries plans to build a manufacturing plant for wind turbine towers in Keokuk, which is also on the Mississippi River. The facility will employ 350 people, and the company will also employ 22 people at a project to expand the city's port.

See also



References

  1. Windfall For Green Energy In Iowa



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