Wind power in Iowa

Wind power in Iowa

The boom in U.S. wind power capacity is being met with increased investment in wind power manufacturing facilities in the heart of the country. States with most wind capacity installed are: [ [ Oil Rich Texas Number One in Wind Power] ]

*Texas (3,352 MW)
*California (2,376 MW)
*Iowa (967 MW)
*Minnesota (897 MW)
*Washington (818 MW)

Iowa and Minnesota look likely to rise above 1,000 MW in 2007. [ [ Annual U.S. Wind Power Rankings Track Industry's Rapid Growth] ]

In late September 2007, Siemens Power Generation celebrated the grand opening of its new wind turbine blade factory in Fort Madison, Iowa, on the banks of the Mississippi River. The convert|311000|sqft|m2|sing=on factory is expected to produce 600 wind turbine blades each year and should employ 260 people by year's end. The facility manufactures 148-foot-long, 12-ton blades for the company's 2.3-MW wind turbines installed in the United States. In October, Iowa Governor Chet Culver announced that Hendricks Industries plans to build a manufacturing plant for wind turbine towers in Keokuk, which is also on the Mississippi River. The convert|347000|sqft|m2|sing=on facility will employ 350 people, and the company will also employ 22 people at a project to expand the city's port.

Also in October, LM Glasfiber broke ground on a new wind turbine blade manufacturing plant in Little Rock, Arkansas, which is on the Arkansas River. The new facility is expected to begin operations in early 2008 and will eventually employ more than 1,000 people.


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