WIND ENERGY: Fort Madison Gets ‘Largest Ever’ Turbine Order

An Iowa community is celebrating the power of wind energy with what it calls the largest onshore wind turbine order ever.

The official announcement came Monday afternoon in Fort Madison in southeastern Iowa, the home of a Siemens wind turbine plant.

Gov. Terry Branstad shared some of the details for the future of Siemens Energy Monday morning. The Fort Madison plant will make 448 turbines for MidAmerican Energy’s $1.9 billion wind energy expansion.

“Wind is more than just an important resource for renewable energy in the state of Iowa. It also provides tremendous economic benefits to the state,” Branstad said.

“Be it the people working at the Siemens factory, or the farmers that are going to be getting the benefit of leasing property, or the homeowners that are going to be able to have this renewable energy source or companies like Facebook or others that will be utilizing it.”

Siemens says the turbine order means 1,000 construction jobs over the next two years and 40 permanent jobs at the plant.



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