Opinion: Power of wind continues to blow across Iowa

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As we have said before, the wind industry is, from any perspective, a winner for our state. In addition to creating jobs (according to Durham, wind energy supports 7,000 of them), it helps keep electric rates stable for utility customers, puts more money in the pockets of farmers and other rural landowners in the form of lease payments, creates export potential and increases property tax revenue. Read the entire opinion here.

MidAmerican News Release: MidAmerican Energy announces $3.6 billion investment in renewable energy. MidAmerican Energy completed its first wind farm in 2004. Since then, the energy company has built 3,450 megawatts of wind energy. The company has invested $6.6 billion over the last 12 years building wind projects in Iowa; with the construction of Wind XI, that figure will climb to more than $10 billion in overall wind investment, all with minimal impact to customer costs.
Iowa leads the nation in wind power production, by Jeremy Dillon, Congressional Quarterly. Posted on LaCrosse Tribune.ComWASHINGTON (TNS) — Champions of clean energy often look to California and other blue states for leadership on green issues, but lately the state that is the king of wind power is a decidedly red one in the heart of Middle America. To be sure, Iowa’s success with wind was helped in no small part by its geography. Part of the infamous Tornado Alley, Iowa’s flat topography enables better and more frequent wind gusts. “The plains are where wind blows the best,” says Radha Adhar, a lobbyist for the Sierra Club.
Wind industry touts consumer savings, landowner income,  by Jonathan H. Harsch, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc.
Declining prices, stable outlook drive utilities, large companies to wind power, by Herman K. Trabish, Utility Dive
How to create electricity from thin air, by Greg Alvarez, American Wind Energy Association Blog
How Wind Turbines Work – Animated Infographic. (Click image to enlarge it).