More wind energy comes on line in area
As one new wind energy field is being plugged into the grid in the area this week, two more smaller projects were approved to begin building in the near future.

The MidAmerican Energy project in the Fonda-Pomeroy area has just gone on line, part of a 142-turbine development by the state's largest electrical power company and the nation's largest utility owner of wind generation capacity.

The local wind towers are working as anticipated, and the MidAmerican projects just completed should produce enough energy to power 390,000 homes.

Meanwhile, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative has been awarded $43 million to develop two wind energy projects at sites yet to be determined in northwest Iowa.

Funds comes in the form of Clean Renewable Energy Bonds from the Internal Revenue Service.

Each project will consist of five to seven new wind turbines, totalling enough electrical capacity to power over 4,000 , totalling enough electrical capacity to power over 4,000 homes per year. The two projects should begin construction in spring 2009 and would mark the first time a U.S. cooperative would own two windfarms. Future expansion is possible.

Iowa Lakes serves over 12,000 member-owners in Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Kossuth, Palo Alto and Pocahontas Counties.