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Old 05-03-2019, 09:43 AM
 
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Iowa is extremely windy. That's why there are so many turbines. North Central Iowa (completely chock full of them) has one of the highest rates of days with energy producing wind in the world.
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Old 05-03-2019, 09:50 AM
 
Location: IN
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Yep. but the spin is that the power generated in Iowa is for Iowans not Florida..............
What does Florida have to do with this conversation?
We would love to have more clean wind energy in Indiana compared to dinosaur coal plants everywhere that Duke Energy is running into the ground. The economic liabilities that they will face just based on cleanup of the coal ash ponds will be enormous.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:21 PM
 
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Iowa is extremely windy. That's why there are so many turbines. North Central Iowa (completely chock full of them) has one of the highest rates of days with energy producing wind in the world.
From my experience Nebraska is windier than Iowa and I don't see the vast number of windmills in Nebraska that I see in Iowa, at least not where I drive through.
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Old 05-03-2019, 03:44 PM
 
Location: IN
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From my experience Nebraska is windier than Iowa and I don't see the vast number of windmills in Nebraska that I see in Iowa, at least not where I drive through.
Nebraska is more rural than Iowa with lower population densities. Therefore, the high voltage transmission line infrastructure is less prevalent in rural Nebraska compared to Iowa. Capital investments for new transmission lines can occur, but are in closer proximity to existing lines. Therefore, wind farms are less likely to be sited in very remote areas.
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Old 05-09-2019, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Moving?!
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Nebraska is more rural than Iowa with lower population densities. Therefore, the high voltage transmission line infrastructure is less prevalent in rural Nebraska compared to Iowa. Capital investments for new transmission lines can occur, but are in closer proximity to existing lines. Therefore, wind farms are less likely to be sited in very remote areas.
True. Also, Iowa is closer to the load centers of the Midwest, so locational marginal prices are higher.
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Old 05-11-2019, 09:21 AM
 
Location: Bettendorf, Iowa
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I was in Iowa visiting a couple of weeks ago, and that's what my brother told me. He said the windmills near him were for a utility company that serves Chicago
The utility company is MidAmerican Energy, and they actually serve at least four states--Iowa being one of them. I've seen their logo on a wind farm near Des Moines.
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Old 05-17-2019, 05:49 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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What does Florida have to do with this conversation?
We would love to have more clean wind energy in Indiana compared to dinosaur coal plants everywhere that Duke Energy is running into the ground. The economic liabilities that they will face just based on cleanup of the coal ash ponds will be enormous.
Florida Power and Light now NextEra owns many of the wind farms in Iowa. The majority of the customers are in Florida.....
http://www.nexteraenergyresources.co...tions-map.html

Another huge company that benefits from Iowa wind is EDF...Electricite de France............

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89...3%A9_de_France
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Old 05-18-2019, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Florida Power and Light now NextEra owns many of the wind farms in Iowa. The majority of the customers are in Florida.....
NextEra Energy Resources | Locations Map

Another huge company that benefits from Iowa wind is EDF...Electricite de France............

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%89...3%A9_de_France
Interesting that this massive French company owns EnXco, which was a Minnesota company. This is the company that tried to establish a wind farm north of Sioux Falls, including our farm. At that time they were promising land owners up to $ 7,000 yearly income per 2 megawatt turbine. This fell through and I'm glad it did. Yes, we'd have probably reaped $ 21,000 to $ 28,000 a year from these things, but I'd have hated having these monstrosities standing on our property and our neighbors. Also, there was no established answer for many years down the road on who was responsible for these things should the energy company go belly up or simply abandon them. Could you imagine the cost for the land owners in tearing these things down?

The project fell through as we understand because there was an issue with the selling of the power to the main electrical companies. At least that was the propaganda.
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Old 07-01-2019, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Minnysoda
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Blows an ill wind.....

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/n...costs-20190701


While Alliant officials say the new increase — which would be applied to the base rate portion of a customer’s bill — is necessary for infrastructure upgrades and the cost of bolstering the utility’s stock of wind turbines, some customers just see dollar signs.
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Old 07-01-2019, 09:04 PM
 
Location: Sioux Falls, SD area
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Blows an ill wind.....

https://www.thegazette.com/subject/n...costs-20190701


While Alliant officials say the new increase — which would be applied to the base rate portion of a customer’s bill — is necessary for infrastructure upgrades and the cost of bolstering the utility’s stock of wind turbines, some customers just see dollar signs.
What is not in this article, is the percent of wind, nuclear, solar, and coal power used by Alliant vs Mid American. My guess is this has more to do with the rate difference between the 2 companies than anything.
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