MidAmerican plans 2 Iowa wind farms costing $900 million

 MidAmerican plans 2 Iowa wind farms costing $900 million

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - MidAmerican Energy says it plans to build two new wind farms in Iowa at a cost of about $900 million.

The Des Moines-based utility announced Friday it had submitted plans with the Iowa Utilities Board for the wind farms but declined to identify where the developments would be located.

Spokesman David Caris says those details will be released later. Caris says the developments would include more than 200 turbines scattered over the two sites.

MidAmerican hopes to begin construction in spring 2016 and complete the projects by the end of that year.

Bill Fehrman, the utility's president and chief executive officer, says MidAmerican plans to keep developing wind projects because it enables a reduction in reliance on coal-generated power and protects customers against rising costs associated with stricter environmental standards.

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