Iowa Ranks Third In Wind Energy

It's one thing to have a consistent breeze, but quite another to beat some big blowhards to the Megawatt punch. So here's to mighty Iowa, keeping it's rank as third in the nation for windpower output. Iowa installed 201.65 megawatts of new wind energy last year, according to figures by the American Wind Energy Association. Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy accounted for most of Iowa's new wind capacity in 2005, completing a $386 million, 257-turbine project in two northern Iowa sites. Up to another 3,000 Megawatts of capacity is expected to be installed this year.

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