POMEROY - Siemens Energy Inc., Mortenson Construction and MidAmerican Energy Co. recently completed the expansion of MidAmerican Energy's wind project near Pomeroy.
Thirteen Siemens wind turbines were erected at the site, creating an additional 29.9 megawatts of generation capacity. The 13 units are the first of 258 wind turbines Siemens is providing and Mortenson is erecting at three MidAmerican Energy wind projects in Iowa this year.
In December 2010, at the conclusion of a competitive tender process, MidAmerican Energy and Siemens entered into a turbine supply agreement for 258 Siemens wind turbines. The total project will add 593.4 megawatts to MidAmerican Energy's generation portfolio, which is enough capacity to power approximately 190,000 average US. homes.
The Pomeroy wind expansion project is located in Pocahontas and Calhoun counties.
"The Pomeroy wind expansion project serves as another example of the strong commitment all the companies have to expanding the region's renewable energy capacity, and the fast pace at which our organizations can bring projects to successful completion," said Jan Klaersgaard, vice president and general manager of Siemens Energy's Wind Power Americas business.
Siemens and MidAmerican first came together on a wind power project in 2008, when Siemens was awarded the contract to supply 78 of its 2.3 megawatt and turbines to the Adair wind project in Iowa. Mortenson Construction began working with MidAmerican Energy in 2005.
MidAmerican wind energy projects are located in Buena Vista, Carroll, Crawford, Floyd, Hamilton, Polk, Pottawattamie, Sac and Wright counties.