Articles from Iowa
Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack challenged regulators and utility companies in his state a few years ago to produce 1,000 megawatts of renewable energy by 2010. The push, known as a renewable portfolio standard and other incentives, has helped develop Iowa into a national wind energy leader. With 135 giant wind turbines towering in the rural landscape of Wright and Hamilton counties and several other wind farms in north-central Iowa, the state has become the nation’s third-leading wind-energy producer behind Texas and California.
HAMPTON, Iowa - Northern Iowa could have one of the nation's largest wind farms by 2008. Iowa Winds LLC wants to build a 200- to 300-megawatt farm covering about 40,000 acres in Franklin County. A county zoning board will consider approving permits for the $200 million project next month.
A California-based company specializing in wind power for electrical generation has come to terms with one Guthrie County landowner on an easement that will allow study of wind and weather monitoring for the alternative energy source. Information filed in the Guthrie County recorder's office shows Clipper Windpower Development Company, Inc. of Carpinteria, CA has signed a windpark easement agreement with Ricky Sheeder of rural Adair.
A Dubuque County couple trying to get permission to erect a wind turbine on their property is one step closer to their goal. The Dubuque County Supervisors gave the couple its permission last (Monday) night. Kathy and Fritz White want to put the turbine on their eight-acre property to provide electricity for their home.
FOREST CITY: Officials from Florida Power and Light explained details about a proposed string of heavy electric wires that would cross the area. The transmission line would carry power from a proposed wind farm near Crystal Lake to a power station south of Manly.
He says the deal will help build a wind turbine in Winnebago County, where electricity generated will be put on the power "grid" and sold to the buyers in Chicago.
Iowa Winds, based in Iowa Falls is gearing up to enter the next stage of the engineering process of a 200 to 300 mega watt wind energy farm in southern Franklin County. Iowa Winds has been working closely with county supervisors and zoning officials in preparation of filling conditional use permits with the Franklin County Zoning Board. Conditional use permits will allow for the final positioning of the turbines.
Siemens Power Generation announced plans today to open a wind turbine blade manufacturing facility that will employ 250 in Fort Madison. The Fort Madison facility will be the first U.S. wind turbine operation for Siemens, which currently manufactures wind turbine blades in Denmark. The turbine blades will incorporate Siemens patented IntegralBlade technology, in which the blade is cast in one piece in a single step from glass-fiber reinforced epoxy resin.
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA - With large pieces of wind turbines as a backdrop, U.S. Energy Secretary Samuel Bodman touted the Bush Administration's energy policies today during a visit to the Clipper Windpower plant in Cedar Rapids.
Construction of 82 wind turbines in northwest Iowa is expected to begin this year as part of a MidAmerican Energy Co. wind expansion project.
ESTHERVILLE, Iowa -- Al Blum has been involved in many economic development projects as president of the Estherville Industrial Development Corporation.
Erie and Sherrard school districts in the Illinois Quad-City area are closer to being powered by wind energy.
Sometime this century, world oil production likely will reach its peak as developing economies gulp a finite supply at an ever-increasing rate. Some experts think that Iowa could be a leader in producing the world’s next generation of fuels, transforming the state’s abundant natural and agricultural resources into fossil-fuel replacements. In “Fueling Iowa’s Future,” an occasional series of special reports during 2006, the Register’s editorial-page staff will examine the potential for Iowa to lead the renewable-fuels revolution and address the public-policy questions that such an undertaking would pose. REGISTER EDITORIAL BOARD
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa's largest energy company plans to double its wind-generated electricity and has state approval to eventually nearly triple its output.
A California-based energy company is planning a wind-farm in eastern Crawford and western Carroll counties. Tom Fieler is in charge of Midwest development for Clipper Windpower. Fieler says it's one of the oldest, most established companies in the wind industry and is the only one in the U.S. that manufactures wind turbines, builds windfarms, and then does the operations and maintenance.
Officials in Crawford County are offering a warm welcome to windpower, and a proposal to build more than a hundred generators. Crawford County Zoning Administrator Duane Zenk says they've cleared the way for some zoning changes in rural areas near Schleswig and Ricketts at the request of a developer.
Crawford County's board of adjustment has approved a special exception to allow the construction of up to 120 wind turbine towers in three townships, through a Heartland Wind LLC/PPM Energy project.
MASON CITY, Iowa — Windmills are sprouting on hillsides across the Midwest, but this city is encouraging the use of electricity-producing wind turbines everywhere — even in homeowners' backyards.
MASON CITY — The City Council will act on a second reading Tuesday of an ordinance that would allow zoning for windmills anywhere in Mason City.
Doug Harr of the Iowa Department of Natural Resources says they're trying to develop a map showing areas of concern relating to wildlife that could be used when siting proposed wind turbines.