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MidAmerican Revolutionizing Wind Energy
April 2016

​MidAmerican Energy Company is taking a giant step toward realizing its vision of 100 percent renewable energy for customers in Iowa.
 
The company is filing a request with the Iowa Utilities Board to build Wind XI, which will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa. The proposed $3.6 billion project is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken, and it is being done without asking for an increase in customer rates or financial assistance from the state to pay for it.
 
“We have a bold vision for our energy future,” said Bill Fehrman, CEO and president of MidAmerican Energy. “We don’t know of another U.S. energy provider that has staked out this 100-percent position. Our customers want more renewable energy, and we couldn’t agree more. Once the project is complete, we will generate wind energy equal to 85 percent of our annual customer sales in Iowa, bringing us within striking distance of our 100 percent renewable vision.”
 
The proposed Wind XI plan is the largest economic development project in the state’s history. The development of additional renewable generation puts MidAmerican Energy and Iowa in a strong position to comply with carbon emissions limits and other regulatory requirements. Wind power supports as many as 7,000 jobs in Iowa.
 
Iowa Governor Terry Branstad said he is proud of MidAmerican Energy’s long-standing and ongoing commitment to clean energy, which has helped make Iowa a national leader in renewable energy.
 
“Wind XI puts Iowa on track to be the first state in the nation to generate more than 40 percent of its energy needs from wind power—far ahead of any other state. Today, Iowa is the only state to have crossed the 30 percent mark.” 
 
MidAmerican Energy completed its first wind farm in 2004. Since then, the energy company has invested $6.6 billion constructing wind projects in Iowa and built 3,450 megawatts of wind energy. 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.