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Siemens Gamesa Turbines to Repower MidAmerican Project (Ind. Report)
Siemens Gamesa, MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2019-08-30
Spanish wind Turbine giant Siemens Gamesa reports it has contracted with MidAmerican Energy Company to supply 21 of its SG 4.5-145 -- 4.8 MW "medium wind" turbines to the 95MW Southern Hills Expansion wind power project located in Iowa. The contract includes a 42 month service and maintenance provision.

The Rolling Hills wind power project currently features 193 SWT-2.3-101 turbines. The repowering project also includes replacement of blades, hubs and nacelles for all units, and top tower sections for the SG 2.7-129 units. (Source: Siemens Gamesa, Power Tech, 29 Aug., 2019) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Siemens Gamesa, Andreas Nauen., CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Siemens Gamesa,  Wind Turbine,  Wind,  MidAmerican Energy,  


SG Claims MidAmerican Wind Repowering Project (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy, Siemens Gamesa
Date: 2019-07-03
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy is reporting the selection of Siemens Gamesa (SG)for the repowering of its 429.3-MW Rolling Hills wind power project in Iowa.

The project will utilize 163, SG 2.7-129 and 18 previously sold SWT-2.3-108 wind turbines including blades, hubs, and nacelles as well as the top tower sections for the SG 2.7-129 units. Commissioning of the project is expected for late 2021. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, PR, July, 2019) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy, Siemens Gamesa Americas Service, Darnell Walker, CEO, www.siemensgamesa.com/en-int/products-and-services

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Siemens Gamesa,  Wind,  


California Geothermal Well Lithium Extraction Planned (Ind. Report)
Berkshire Hathaway
Date: 2019-01-24
The Financial Times is reporting Des Moines-headquartered Berkshire Hathaway is developing a plan to extract lithium from its geothermal wells in the Salton Sea, California. The Salton Sea is thought to potentially be among the largest lithium resources in the world.

The project, which anticipates the production of approximately 90,000 tonnes of lithium, is reportedly valued at around $2.5 billion. To that end, the company founded Salton Sea Industries for the venture.

Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co. through MidAmerican Energy/ CalEnergy, operates 10 geothermal facilities in the Salton Sea/ Imperial Valley area of California. (Source: Berkshire Hathaway Energy Co, Website, Financial Times, Jan., 2019) Contact: Berkshire Hathaway Energy, (515) 242-3022, info@berkshirehathawayenergyco.com, www.berkshirehathawayenergyco.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Berkshire Hathaway,  Geothermal,  Lithium,  


Vestas Claims Over 100 GW of Wind Turbine Installations (Int'l)
Vestas
Date: 2019-01-11
Danish wind turbine giant Vestas Wind Systems A/S reports it has achieved 100 GW of installed wind turbines with the installation of a V110-2.0 MW wind turbine at MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI wind farm project in Iowa. Since 1979, Vestas has installed over 66,000 wind turbines worldwide and been a major player in taking wind energy from niche to mainstream. Vestas has also helped remove more than 100 million tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere. (Source: Vestas, PR, Jan., 2019) Contact: Vestas, Anders Runevad, Pres., CEO, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  Wind,  Wind Turbines,  


MidAmerican Energy's Wind XII Project IUB Approval (Ind. Report)
Iowa Utilities Board,MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-12-07
In Des Moines, the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reports approval of MidAmerican Energy Company's proposed $922 million, 591 MW Wind XII wind farm in the Hawkeye State.

When completed in 2012, the wind project will give the utility company more than 6,600 MW of renewable generation in Iowa -- sufficient renewable energy to meet 100 pct of its customers' annual energy needs. (Source: Iowa Utilities Board, PR, Dec., 2018) Contact: Iowa Utilities Board, https://iub.iowa.gov; MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Iowa Utilities Board,  MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


MidAmerican Plans First Battery Energy Storage System (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy,Invenergy
Date: 2018-11-09
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy is reporting the planned installation of a 4 megawatt-hours -- 1 MW of power for 4 hours -- battery energy storage system at an electrical substation in Knoxville, Iowa. 1 MW is enough electricity to power about 900 average Iowa homes.

Invenergy will install the lithium-iron phosphate battery system, housed in two truck-sized steel containers. The new system is expected to begin operating by the end the month. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, WeAreIowa, 8 Nov., 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Mike Fehr, VP Resource Development, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com; Invenergy, Nick Matchin, Manager Renewable Development, (312) 224-1400, www.invenergyllc.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Invenergy,  Battery Energy Storage,  


Iowa Energy Efficiency Support Endangered (Ind. Report)
Iowa Energy Efficiency
Date: 2018-09-24
In Des Moines, Hawkeye State programs encouraging consumer energy efficiency could be endangered under proposals from Iowa utility companies and 2017 legislation capping the percentage of a customer's utility bill that can be put toward programs promoting energy efficiency.

The programs paid consumers such incentives as rebates for purchasing efficient home appliances and adding insulation, or even discounts on buying shade trees. Environmental advocates argue that such programs temper the need to generate more electricity and use more natural gas. Proponents of the law argue that "technological advances have rendered some of the incentives unnecessary but nonetheless all consumers were paying higher bills so a few could get the rebates."

Under the new law, the state's utility companies this summer detailed to regulators their new five-year energy efficiency plans starting with 2019. Some of the proposals slashed efficiency program spending and, as a result, cut energy savings.

MidAmerican Energy, the Des Moines-based utility company that serves more than 750,000 customers in Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and South Dakota, in 2018 spent nearly $80 million on electric efficiency programs and nearly $31 million on gas efficiency programs. Under its proposal, MidAmerican in 2019 would spend less than $43 million on electric efficiency programs, a cut nearly in half, and just over $6 million on gas efficiency programs, or about 80 pct less. MidAmerican's energy savings would drop as well: its gas efficiency plan would save 80 percent less than 2017 and its electricity plan would save nearly 50 percent less, according to calculations made by the Iowa Environmental Council. (Source: Iowa Environmental Council, Gazette, Sept., 2018)

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


MidAmerican Energy Efficiency Plan Cuts Customer Fees (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-07-11
Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of a five-year energy efficiency program that meets new spending caps by utilities on those programs enacted by the Iowa Legislature earlier this year.

If approved, the Iowa Energy Efficiency Plan 2019-2023 will deliver nearly $84 million in reduced energy efficiency program fees for MidAmerican Energy's Iowa customers. Residential customers with gas and electric service would see an average savings of $81 per year, while commercial customers would average $172 in savings. The average industrial customer would save more than $12,000 annually, according to a company release.

MidAmerican Energy's proposal includes 14 energy efficiency programs including: online home energy assessments; incentives to replace older heating and air conditioning equipment with new high-efficiency models; appliance recycling; rebates to purchase smart thermostats; and others. The existing Plant Some Shade, Upstream Retail Lighting and Residential New Construction programs will be eliminated. (Source: MidAmerican, Business Record, 9 July, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Energy Efficiency Incentives,  Energy Efficiency Rebate,  Energy Efficiency,  


MidAmerican Energy Sets 100 pct Renewable Goal with Wind XII Project (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-06-04
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-headquartered MidAmerican Energy co. reports it has proposed an investment of $922 million in its 591-MW Wind XII project, formally filed with the Iowa Utilities Board May 30. If approved, the project is expected to be completed in late 2020.

When combined with MidAmerican Energy's other projects, the Wind XII project will allow the company to provide renewable energy each year that is equal to 100 pct of the energy consumed by the homes and businesses in MidAmerican Energy's Iowa service area. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Composites World, Others, June, 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Wind,  


MidAmerican Confirms New Iowa Wind Project Plans (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-05-04
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy reports it plans to construct two new wind farms called Arbor Hill and Orient, in Adair County. The Arbor Hill wind farm project will incorporate 125 Vestas wind turbines which will generate 550MW while the Orient wind farm project will feature 150 turbines.

The two projects will be built by the company under its previously announced $3.6bn Wind XI project which includes nearly 1,000 wind turbines and an addition of up to 2GW of wind generation capacity in Iowa. The Wind XI project is slated for completion by next December. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Power Technology, 3 May, 2018) )Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


MidAmerican Energy Completes Iowa Wind Farms Totaling 338 MW (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-02-16
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy is reporting completion of the the 170 MW Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties and the 168 MW Prairie wind farm in Mahaska County and that both projects had begun generating electricity. Together, the two Iowa farms generate sufficient energy for more than 140,000 Iowa homes.

Both projects are part of the Wind XI commitment that the company announced back in April of 2016, which would see MidAmerican Energy invest $3.6 billion to construct 2 GW worth of new wind power in Iowa. (Source: MidAmerican, CleanTechnica, Others, 13 Feb., 2018) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Wind,  


Iowa Could Eliminate Energy Efficiency Audits, Rebates (Reg & Leg)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2018-02-02
In Des Moines, Hawkeye State lawmakers are considering legislation that would put an end to all utility in-home efficiency audits and rebates. A second and related bill would maintain the energy audits but eliminate the in-home audits but keep the rebates.

MidAmerican Energy has come out in favor of the proposed rollbacks which, it claims, would save the average consumers about $67 annually.(Source: Various Media, KCCI, 30 Jan., 2018)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  Energy Efficiency Rebates,  



Date: 2017-12-05
MidAmerican Energy places order with Vestas to deliver 70MW wind turbines Berkshire Hathaway Energy subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Company has placed an order to Vestas for the delivery of V110-2.0MW turbines for the 2,000MW Wind XI project in Iowa, US. To be built at Vestas’ four factories in Colorado, the turbines are expected to be delivered in Q2 2018. Scheduled to be fully operational by 2020, the Wind XI project will enable MidAmerican Energy to produce an estimated 95% of its annual retail load from wind. “The current order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines in addition to a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement.” The current order includes supply and commissioning of the turbines in addition to a multi-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Power Technology, 4 Dec., 2017)


MidAmerican Commits $1Bn to Wind Turbine Updates (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-11-15
MidAmerican Energy reports it will spend $1 billion to repower 706 wind turbines across seven wind facilities in Iowa . The updates, which will include longer blades, hubs and more efficient nacelles, will allow each turbine to generate between 19 and 28 pct more energy. MidAmerican also plans to construct 1,000 new wind turbines across the Hawkeye state, adding to its current total of 2,020.

Both the new construction and the repowering are set for completion by 2020. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, DesMoines Reg., Others Nov., 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind Turbine,  


Energize Des Moines Launches Energy Savings Program (Ind. Report)
Energize Des Moines
Date: 2017-11-10
In the Hawkeye State, the city of Des Moines' Energize Des Moines is launching a voluntary energy efficiency and management program targeting occupied commercial, multifamily, hospitality, industrial and institutional buildings in an effort to cut building energy consumption by 10 pct or more by 2020.

The program , which is focused on buildings of 25,000 square-feet or more, will gather and utilize data with the US DOE's Energy Star Portfolio Manager software and enroll the building with the city by Dec. 31.

The program is sponsored by the City of Des Moines; the Greater Des Moines Partnership; MidAmerican Energy; the Iowa chapter of the American Institute of Architects, central Iowa section; Urban Land Institute Iowa; the U.S. Green Building Council, Iowa chapter; the Iowa Economic Development Authority energy office; and the Iowa Association for Energy Efficiency. (Source: City of Des Moines, Business Record, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Des Moines, City Manager, (515) 283-4141, www.dmgov.org; Greater Des Moines Partnership, (515) 286-4950, www.dsmpartnership.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  


MidAmerican Touts Energy Efficiency Programs Proposal (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-11-06
In the Hawkeye State, Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company reports it has filed an application with the Iowa Utilities Board for approval of its proposed 2019-2023 Energy Efficiency Plan.

The proposed plan would save residential customers about $67 per year while commercial accounts could realize an average savings of $152 per year. Industrial customers could see savings of see savings of approximately $6,500 per year, according to the company.

If approved, the proposed plan will offer Iowa customers 17 programs designed to help customers manage energy consumption, reduce costs, increase business competitiveness, protect the environment.(Source: Mid American, WeAreIowa.com, 2 Nov., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy ,  Energy Efficiency,  


MidAmerican Energy Reports Wind XI Project Progress (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-11-01
In the Hawkeye State, Des Headquartered MidAmerican Energy Company reports construction is underway on the North English wind farm, with completion scheduled for December 2018. The wind farm will share an operations and maintenance building in Montezuma with the Prairie wind farm, currently under construction in neighboring Mahaska County. The company also plans to construct a third new wind farm in Poweshiek County, Iowa.

The North English wind farm, which is part of MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI project, will incorporate as many as 170 new wind turbines with a combined capacity of 340 MW. Construction of other Wind XI projects is expected to get underway in 2018 and 2019 at as yet unidentified sites.

Altogether, the $3.6 billion Wind XI project will consist of up to 1,000 wind turbines with 2,000 MW capacity when complete in December 2019. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Toledo Chronicle, 30 Oct., 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


Vestas Confirms 174-MW MidAmerican Wind Turbine Order (Ind. Report)
Vestas, MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-10-02
Copenhagen-headquartered wind turbine manufacturer Vestas is reporting receipt of another order from Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary MidAmerican Energy Company, for 100 units of its V110-2.0-MW wind turbine for MidAmerican's 2,000-MW Wind XI project spread across multiple sites in Iowa.

The supply order includes commissioning and a five-year Active Output Management 5000 (AOM5000) service agreement, along with previously purchased Production Tax Credit--qualifying components. The turbines will be manufactured at Vestas' Colorado factories for delivery beginning in Q2, 2018. (Source: Vestas, PR, Various Media, 29 Sept., 2017) Contact: Vestas, +45 9730 0000, www.vestas.com; MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Vestas,  MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


MidAmerican Repowering Iowa Wind Turbines (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-09-25
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican Energy reports it will upgrade hundreds of older wind turbines across Iowa for increased unit efficiency and power generation capacity. The older turbines will be retrofitted with newer, more efficient components, including longer blades, to extend the life of the turbines.

MidAmerican has entered into agreements with General Electric (GE) to complete the upgrades that are slated to begin later this year at various 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 are expected at a later date. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, CBC Online, 24 Sept., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy , Bill Fehrman, Pres., CEO, Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  Wind Turbine,  


Blatter Wraps Up Prairie Wind Farm Turbine Installations (Ind. Report)
Blattner Energy,MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-08-30
Avon, Minnesota-based renewable energy specialist Blattner Energy reports work on the second phase of the 84-turbine, 168-MW Prairie Wind Farm near Oskaloosa, Oklahoma, is near completion. Construction began on the Prairie Wind Farm in April.

MidAmerican Energy will soon purchase the project from Blattner to supply Mahaska County and MidAmerican Energy customers in Iowa with wind energy by the year end. (Source: Blattner,PR, 28 Aug., 2017) Contact: Blattner Energy, (320) 356-7351, www.blattnerwind.com; MidAmerican Energy, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News Blattner Energy,  Wind.MidAmerican Energy,  


Mortenson Contracted for MidAmerican's Beaver Creek Iowa Wind Farm (Ind. Report)
Mortenson Construction,MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-08-21
Des Moines-based MidAmerican Energy Company has selected Mortenson Construction to build its 170MW Beaver Creek wind farm in Greene and Boone counties near Grand Junction, Iowa. As part of MidAmerican Energy's Wind XI expansion project, the Beaver Creek wind farm will incorporate 85 Vestas turbines generating 168 MW of power and is expected to be operational before the year end. (Source: Mortenson, powertechnology, 14 Aug., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, www.midamericanenergy.com; Mortenson Construction, Tim Maag, VP Wind Energ Group, www.mortenson.com/wind

More Low-Carbon Energy News Mortenson Construction,  MidAmerican Energy,  


MidAmerican Aiming for 100 pct Renewable Energy (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-05-03
In Des Moines, Iowa's largest utility MidAmerican Energy reports it is investing $3.6 billion in wind power with a goal of producing 100 pct of its energy from renewable sources.

The Warren Buffet - Berkshire Hathaway controlled company plans to build an additional 1,000 turbines over the next couple of years on top of the more than 2,000 it already has around the state, the Des Moines Register reported. Upon completion, the utility's share of its energy that comes from renewable sources will jump from 55 pct to nearly 90 pct.

The Hawkeye State's other major power producer, Cedar Rapids-based Alliant Energy, reportedly expects its wind energy share will grow to about 30 pct within seven years. (Source: MidAmerican, Omaha World-Herald, AP, 1 May, 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Renewable Energy,  Wind,  


MidAmerican's Prairie Wind Farm Set for Groundbreaking (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-03-15
In the Hawkeye State, MidAmerican and Mahaska County officials are reporting the expected groundbreaking on the 84-turbine Prairie Wind Farm to get underway in April for completion by the year end.

The 168 MW wind farm is one of several projects MidAmerican Energy is building, including the Beaver Creek wind farm in Boone and Greene counties, Iowa. (Source: MidAmerican Energy, Askaloosa Herald, 12 Mar., 2017)Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  


MidAmerican Sets Iowa Wind Farms Construction Date (Ind. Report)
MidAmerican Energy
Date: 2017-01-18
Following up on our August 31st coverage, Berkshire Hathaway-owned US utility MidAmerican Energy Co. reports it plans to start construction in April on two Iowa wind farms with a combined capacity of 338 MW, the first as part of its $3.6 billion 2-GW Wind XI project in the state.

The two facilities, which will incorporate 1,000 Vestas 2-MW turbines, are expected to be completed by the year end. (Source: MidAMerican Energy, Various Media, 16 Jan., 2017) Contact: MidAmerican Energy, Bill Fehrman, CEO, Pres., Mike Gehringer, VP Renewable Energy, (888) 427-5632, www.midamericanenergy.com

More Low-Carbon Energy News MidAmerican Energy,  Wind,  

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