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December 17, 2013

MidAmerican hires Siemens to make turbine blades

DES MOINES (AP) — MidAmerican Energy officials said Monday they have contracted with an Iowa wind turbine blade factory to make all the blades for 448 wind turbines the company is installing in Iowa.

Company officials appeared with Gov. Terry Branstad at his weekly news conference to announce the deal with Siemens Energy to manufacture turbine blades at the company’s Fort Madison factory.

“Mid American’s expansion will be the largest economic development project in the history of our state, bringing needed jobs to Iowa as well as significant economic benefits,” Branstad said.

Mark Albenze, the CEO of Siemens Energy’s wind division, said in an interview that the deal is a significant order for both the company and its 500 employees in Fort Madison for the next 10 months.

“It’s the largest onshore wind turbine order in the world. It sustains about 800 jobs in Iowa and in our Hutchinson, Kan., facility and for our Broadwind Energy tower supplier, it also sustains about 500 jobs for them at their facilities in Wisconsin and Texas,” he said.

Siemens opened the blade factory in Fort Madison in 2007, and he has continued to research and develop larger wind turbine blades.

Albenze said the factory started making 300-foot blades, eventually growing to the 370-foot blades to be used in the MidAmerican project. The larger blades, which catch more wind and are more efficient, also now are exported from Fort Madison to Brazil, Chile and Sweden, he said.

MidAmerican received approval from the Iowa Utilities Board in August for the $1.9 billion project, which includes the construction of 448 turbines in Grundy, Madison, Marshall, O’Brien and Webster counties.

When completed, the new turbines will have the capacity to generate as much as 1,050 megawatts of wind power, enough electricity to power the equivalent of approximately 317,000 average Iowa households, the company said.

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