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Old 04-15-2016, 02:49 PM
 
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Looks like Iowa is leading the way in wind energy.

MidAmerican Energy Makes Big Bet on Iowa Wind - WSJ
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:54 PM
 
Location: Iowa, USA
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Cool! I wasn't able to read it (not a subscriber) but here's related info on the MidAmerican site.

https://www.midamericanenergy.com/ne...aspx?story=777
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Old 04-15-2016, 04:58 PM
 
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And here are videos to go with it.
https://youtu.be/IbY3IP9ObEI
https://youtu.be/9FQnIf3IAY0
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:39 PM
 
Location: Jonesboro
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And this link from a Des Moines Register story I read earlier might be more readily accessible to those who don't have online access to the WSJ & it's Iowa wind energy story.

http://http://www.desmoinesregister....wind/83021574/
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Old 04-15-2016, 07:55 PM
 
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And this link from a Des Moines Register story I read earlier might be more readily accessible to those who don't have online access to the WSJ & it's Iowa wind energy story.

http://http://www.desmoinesregister....wind/83021574/
I keep getting a DSN message. However, I did read this earlier today. And a few other articles. Iowa is poised to go far with wind power. It can be done. One of the videos I posted approaches this topic with a geographic point of a view. Actually, both kind of due. One of the videos is from NatGeo.
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Old 04-16-2016, 06:17 AM
 
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You folks in Iowa are so fortunate to have business & political leaders who are pushing the state way out front on renewable energy sources; new sources that are providing new jobs in that technology for Iowans.
Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, some power companies are pushing new capacity that is loading the power consumer with a grim future of cost overruns.

Georgia Power: Customers should pay for busted nuclear budget | www.myajc.com
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Old 04-16-2016, 03:21 PM
 
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You folks in Iowa are so fortunate to have business & political leaders who are pushing the state way out front on renewable energy sources; new sources that are providing new jobs in that technology for Iowans.
Meanwhile, in other parts of the country, some power companies are pushing new capacity that is loading the power consumer with a grim future of cost overruns.

Georgia Power: Customers should pay for busted nuclear budget | www.myajc.com
I live in Georgia. I'm not thrilled about our power plan. I feel like Iowa's government does things better than Georgia's government.
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Old 04-16-2016, 06:17 PM
 
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I live in Georgia. I'm not thrilled about our power plan. I feel like Iowa's government does things better than Georgia's government.
That is mostly because Iowa has a very pragmatic state government that often takes the long-sighted approach, with more success than the southern neighbors. Minnesota has taken a very similar approach to Iowa on the energy source front, staying ahead of the curve and diversifying the mixture- going with more renewable sources on a total percentage basis.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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That is mostly because Iowa has a very pragmatic state government that often takes the long-sighted approach, with more success than the southern neighbors. Minnesota has taken a very similar approach to Iowa on the energy source front, staying ahead of the curve and diversifying the mixture- going with more renewable sources on a total percentage basis.
True. There are 3-4 midwestern states wayyyy out in front on this.

Iowa, KS and the Dakotas.

Especially impressive given that hydropower is the easy renewable energy source for a number of states and that's not feasible in many states for obvious reasons.
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Old 04-16-2016, 08:50 PM
 
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True. There are 3-4 midwestern states wayyyy out in front on this.

Iowa, KS and the Dakotas.

Especially impressive given that hydropower is the easy renewable energy source for a number of states and that's not feasible in many states for obvious reasons.
North Dakota also has many coal power plants (many fueled with lignite coal mined there), which is ironic considering the state could easily be nearly completely powered by wind at this point given transmission line upgrades and price drops of wind energy installations.

Existing U.S. Coal Plants - SourceWatch
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