Wind energy boom expected in northwest Iowa county
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
PRIMGHAR, Iowa (AP) — A rural northwest Iowa county known for its strong winds is expecting an economic boom thanks to a surge of future wind energy projects.
Various companies are planning large-scale projects in O'Brien County during the next several years that would harness and export renewable energy to more populated regions, the Sioux City Journal reported (http://bit.ly/1gNfy0B ).
The projects, which include turbine and power line construction, are expected to bring in hundreds of millions of dollars in investment and thousands of temporary jobs.
The projects from companies like MidAmerican Energy Co. represent an economic boom that will help local businesses and grow communities, said Rodd Holtkamp, a member of the county economic development board.