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Plans for the United States’ Largest Wind Farm Gets the Green Light

Iowa Wind FarmWe may not be able to grow money trees, but within the next three years Iowans will be pulling their energy out of thin air.  Thanks to a recent decision by the Iowa Utilities Board, the largest wind farm in the United States has been approved for construction and will be operational by 2019.

The $3.6 billion project will include 1,000 wind turbines which will have the capacity to generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity—enough to power about 800,000 homes.  MidAmerican Energy, the company responsible for building the wind farm, expects that within the first year the electricity generated by Wind XI will meet 85 percent of its customers’ energy needs. 

The Wind XI project has been made possible largely because of a dramatic decrease in the cost to develop and deploy wind energy systems.  Since 1980, technology has markedly improved and government policy has shifted to emphasize the importance of wind as a viable alternative energy source.  As a result, the cost for deployment has decreased by 90 percent.

All eyes will be on Wind XI over the next few years, as the project is a landmark example of the viability of alternative energy for a nation eager to pursue carbon-neutral technology.  In time, Wind XI may prove to be the model for additional wind projects.

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