Wind power brings energy to Nebraska, Iowa
Wind energy projects in Nebraska and Iowa have started generating renewable electricity, bringing cutting-edge, efficient energy to the heart of the country, The Omaha World-Herald reports.
Two wind turbines are up and running in the northern Nebraska town of Springview, marking a significant upgrade to the state's first wind farm, which was constructed in 1998. Also in Springview is a wind energy festival, drawing tourists from all over the country to the town and garnering attention for its cutting edge facility.
Previously, the Springview wind farm had turbines that could produce power for approximately 190 homes. The new turbines generate double the power.
In Southwest Iowa, wind power is also expanding thanks to MidAmerican Energy. Three counties in the area will become part of the company's energy realm, the largest wind project in the state. With 443.9 megawatts, the Iowa counties of Adair, Adams and Cass will gain power from 193 wind turbines. A few towers are already working and the rest should be fully functional by the end of 2011.
According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), more than 1,100 megawatts of wind power capacity had been added in the first quarter of 2011, which is more than twice the amount installed in the first quarter of 2010.