New wind farm planned in Iowa

POWESHIEK COUNTY ? MidAmerican Energy Co. plans to build a new wind farm in Poweshiek County ? marking the third site in Iowa selected for construction as part of the company?s Wind XI project.

MidAmerican Energy has begun construction activity on the North English wind farm, with completion scheduled for December 2018. The wind farm will share an operations and maintenance building in Montezuma with the Prairie wind farm, currently under construction in neighboring Mahaska County.

Officials say the North English wind farm is part of MidAmerican Energy?s Wind XI project and will add up to 170 new wind turbines with a combined capacity of 340 megawatts of new wind generation.

MidAmerican Energy expects to pay up to about $137 million in county property taxes and up to about $114 million in landowner lease payments over the 40-year lifespan of the project. Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy, said the company is working with developers, county officials and landowners at potential wind farm sites in other Iowa counties for the balance of the Wind XI project. Construction on these projects will start in 2018 and 2019, and sites will be announced at a later date. Altogether, the $3.6 billion project will consist of up to 1,000 wind turbines and 2,000 megawatts of wind generation capacity in Iowa when complete in December 2019.