MidAmerican Energy To Repower Windmills, Including Those At Sites In Carroll, Crawford And Sac Counties

MidAmerican Energy will be upgrading hundreds of older wind turbines, bringing additional wind energy and cost savings to Iowa customers. This project will move MidAmerican closer to its goal of providing renewable energy equal to 100 percent of its customers’ annual energy usage. The older turbines will be retrofitted with newer, more efficient components, including longer blades, to extend the life of the turbines. “We are excited to take this next step in our journey toward our 100 percent Renewable Energy Vision,” says Bill Fehrman, president and CEO of MidAmerican. “Repowering our older wind turbines brings us closer to achieving that vision in a way that provides both economic and environmental benefits to our customers and the state of Iowa.” He adds that they are expecting to be at 95 percent renewable energy usage by 2021. MidAmerican has entered into agreements with General Electric (GE) to complete the upgrades that will begin yet this year at sites including the Victory wind farm in Crawford and Carroll Counties and the Intrepid wind farm in Buena Vista and Sac Counties. Additional sites and schedules will be released at a later date. MidAmerican will not increase customer rates or ask for financial assistance from the state for these projects.