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Golden Plains wind project begins commercial service

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EDF Renewables and Alliant Energy reported that the 200 MW Golden Plains wind project entered commercial service and is providing Iowa consumers with renewable electricity.

Located in the counties of Winnebago and Kossuth in the north central part of Iowa, the project pumped millions of dollars into the economy and employed hundreds of employees at the peak of construction.

“We are pleased to partner with Alliant Energy to deliver competitively-priced, clean energy to its customers through the Golden Plains wind project. The project provides an economic boost to the Iowa economy, through new construction and operations jobs, expanded tax base, and recurring, long-term income for participating landowners.

Kate O’Hair, VP development, north region at EDF Renewables.

“Wind energy is a win for Iowans. This project benefits customers and the environment through reductions in emissions and fuel costs. It also gives landowners lease payments, and it helps communities through increased local tax revenue for schools and community services.”

Terry Kouba, president of Alliant Energy.

The Golden Plains wind project is part of Alliant Energy’s plans to produce 1,299 MW of wind generation in Iowa by the end of 2020.

The 82 GE wind turbines will produce enough renewable energy to power an average of 73.000 homes annually.

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