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Iowa Wind Power Contributes to 50-gigawatt National Milestone

Posted August 10, 2012 in Web Exclusives

Milford, la., August 9, 2012 – lowa continues to lead the national effort to expand the wind energy industry. On August
7, the American Wind Energy Association announced that the US has exceeded 50 gigawatts or 50,000 megawatts of
installed capacity. The following community wind projects in lowa contributed to reaching the goal:
o AG Land 5 and 5 (3.2 MW)
o Cumberland Rose Wind Energy (1.6 MW)
o Forward Fontanelle Power (1.6 MW)
o Greenfield Wind Power (1.5 MW)
o Meadow Ridge Wind Energy (1.6 MW)
. Sky Volt (1.6 MW)

lowa leads the nation in the number of wind manufacturers and wind related businesses, was the first state to exceed
2O% of its electrical generation from wind, leads the nation in the number of wind jobs and is second to only Texas in
installed capacity. lowa is one of only four states that would benefit the most from increased wind investment and have
outstanding wind resources.

lowa Gov. Terry Brandstad (R) said “l am pleased with the continued progress within the wind energy industry. The 50
GW milestone cornes at a time when this still young industry is helping increase domestic energy production and
diversifying our nation’s energy portfolio. The State of lowa has been an important part of the industry’s tremendous

“l am proud that my home district and state has helped push the U.S. pass this historic threshold of 50,000 megawatts of
energy produced from wind energy,” said U.S. Rep. Tom Latham (R-lA) in comments made to the American Wind Energy
Association. “Wind energy has proven to be a clean and affordable energy source for residents of lowa and we look
forward to supporting more wind projects across the state.”

Benefits of increased wind farm construction include additional jobs in operations & maintenance, manufacturing, wind related services, increased landowner lease payments and increased property tax base. The goal of the Iowa Wind Energy Association is to attain 20,000 megawatts of installed capacity by 2030. By the end of the 2012 Iowa will have close to 5,000 megawatts of installed capacity.

Nationally, it will take 300,000 megawatts of wind energy to attain 20% of all electrical generation in the nation from wind energy. Currently, there are 50,332 megawatts of installed capacity with another 10,300 under construction. When those projects are completed, the US will have 60,632 megawatts of installed capacity and will be one fifth of the way to the national goal.

Iowa Wind Energy Association
1600 Joy Loy Lane
Milford, IA 51351

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