Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds added, "MidAmerican Energy has been a long-standing partner with the state of Iowa, and we look forward to working with them on this wind proposal. In addition to helping boost our state and local economies, the expansion would create approximately 460 construction jobs over a two-year period and an estimated 48 permanent jobs in our state."
Wind energy creates jobs and helps make Iowa more attractive to companies looking for a greener energy supply
Branstad and Fehrman said green energy has been critical in attracting companies like Facebook that recently announced it will build a $300 million data center near Des Moines. Facebook has pledged to get 25% of its energy from renewable sources by 2015. Renewable energy was important in negotiations with the California-based company. "This sends a message to the nation that Iowa is innovative, is cutting-edge," says Reynolds.
Greg Abel, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings (the parent company of MidAmerican Energy) recognized and thanked Branstad and Reynolds for their unwavering support of renewable energy in Iowa. "The administration has continued its focus on creating an environment that allows for significant investment in Iowa, and we are pleased to be working hand-in-hand with them to grow our state and create good jobs," said Abel.
Abel also thanked Iowa's congressional delegation for their strong support of the production tax credit extension. "Iowa's congressional delegation created the opportunity for this investment through their support at the federal level and continued an environment that makes this type of investment possible," said Abel.