Central Iowa Power Cooperative and NextEra Energy Resources celebrated the groundbreaking of Heartland Divide, the newest wind farm in Iowa. CIPCO includes 13 electrical co-ops in 58 counties, and Heartland Divide is its biggest project to date. There are nearly 200 construction jobs associated with the project. Local officials and company executives offered remarks.
Alliant Energy and the American Wind Energy Association hosted Sen. Chuck Grassley to present him with a Wind Champion award for his long-standing support of American wind power. As the “grandfather” of the federal production tax credit, the primary incentive for wind power development, Grassley helped spur wind farms and a supply chain in his state that now employ more than 7,000 Iowans.
The Senator also toured Alliant’s Upland Prairie Wind Farm, which is currently under construction near Everly.
On November 1, Governor Kim Reynolds and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg visited Ideal Energy in Fairfield, Iowa and met with staff and CEOs Mary Sundblad (Stuff Etc.) and Jennifer Steffensmeier (Steffensmeier Manufacturing) to discuss their investments in solar energy and how they are able to use the savings to reinvest in their employees and the communities they serve.
The event started with a tour of Ideal Energy and a discussion about the benefits of solar to Iowa businesses and jobs. The group then visited a solar installation located on a former brownfield site for a tour. Ideal Energy is a veteran-owned business that employs 30 people.