Facebook’s decision to locate a new data center in Iowa and supply that data center with 100% wind energy is a great example of a company using its clout for good.
Facebook says one of those five wind farms now under construction in Iowa will allow it to match all its Altoona data center energy usage with renewables.
MidAmerican says work has begun on five big wind farms in Iowa. They’ll use turbines made in Iowa and nacelles manufactured in Kansas.
MidAmerican Energy wants to put up 656 new turbines in Iowa by the end of 2015, adding 1,050 megawatts of capacity in the wind-crazy state.
After Facebook chose Iowa for its new data center, some Nebraskans are asking why the state is lagging so badly in developing its vast wind resource.
“An abundance of wind-generated power” is chief of among the reasons Facebook will build a new data center in Iowa, the company said.
A proposed law in Iowa would establish a statewide feed-in tariff for small wind projects built on agricultural land.
Iowa utility customers may be inadvertently helping to pay for renewable energy for other states claims a local utility.
EcoWatch talks about an agreement between Sierra Club and Warren Buffett’s MidAmerican Energy Company in Iowa reducing coal power and adding solar energy.
The fifth U.S. Energy Innovations Hub, focusing on rare earth metals and other materials critical to clean energy development, goes to the Ames Laboratory.