The largest wind farm in U.S. history
Wind and solar power are becoming more and more popular among people who want to try and help save the environment. There is an extremely large wind farm operating in the United States and it is doing a world of good.
The largest wind project in the United States’ history has been approved for production in Iowa. Wind XI is a 3.6-billion-dollar project that will include 1,000 wind turbines and is expected to be completed and working in the year 2019. It will have the capability to generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity. That is enough to power around 800,000 homes in the state. The Iowa Utilities Board approved the plan from MidAmerican Energy. They initially proposed the project and the location of the turbines is the only thing that still has to be approved.
This project will jump-start the MidAmerican Energy vision. They aim to power the whole of Iowa with wind power, and 100 percent renewable energy. The company says that the farm will allow Iowa to meet nearly 85 percent of the customers’ energy needs with wind power by 2020. Unlike harmful energy sources like fossil fuel and gas (which end up producing nearly 90 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States alone), wind and renewable power has a lot of positive attributes. It does not pollute the air at all. It actually renews the air, making it cleaner for future generations.
There is a huge potential for offshore and onshore wind energy and the generation of such energy is huge. The US Department of Energy says that the cost of using wind energy has dropped nearly 90 percent since the 1980’s when policies were first forming. Offshore and onshore wind energy generation has become really cost-effective too. It is actually now cheaper to use renewable energy than traditional or fossil fueled energy. The new projects in Iowa is a major step toward the renewing of sustainable energy in the future. This is a good thing for people who want to help save the environment.