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Iowa moving towards 100% renewable energy production.

wind-turbines1The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a $3.6 billion wind energy investment that will help convert the state’s power grid to clean energy.

The Iowa Utilities Board has given MidAmerican Energy the green light for the utility’s plans for a $3.6 billion wind energy investment, the largest renewable energy project in the state. The project, first announced in April, is part of Des Moines-based MidAmerican’s goal to reach 100 percent renewable energy for Iowa customers.

“We are finalizing plans to begin construction of the 1,000 wind turbines, with completion expected by the end of 2019,” MidAmerican spokeswoman Ashton Hockman said in an email. “Wind XI will add up to 2,000 megawatts of wind generation in Iowa and is the largest wind project MidAmerican Energy has ever undertaken.”

Iowa ranked second last year among all states in net electricity generation from wind, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Wind power proponents have said such projects further position Iowa as a leader in renewable energy efforts.

More than 31 percent of Iowa’s total electricity generation came from wind, a larger share than any other state, according to the energy administration.

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