Wind en Wind Energy in Iowa <p></p><p>Mid-American Energy is planning to invest $1.9 billion in Iowa to add up to about one gigawatt of wind generation, which could power 300-thousand homes. That means more than 600 new wind turbines are expected to be built in Iowa by 2016.&nbsp; Host Ben Kieffer&nbsp;gets details on the project, and he gets a broader look at wind energy in Iowa with both large- and small-scale turbines. We also talk with an ISU professor a grad student working on designing a different wind turbine tower—one made out of concrete.</p><p></p> Fri, 17 May 2013 18:53:11 +0000 Ben Kieffer & Ben Stanton 20956 at Wind Energy in Iowa When Conservation Pays <p></p><div class="article-body"><p>Along the winding road to and through Grace Creek Ranch, a 25,537-acre yearling cattle ranch in central Nebraska, there are no houses in sight – no buildings, for that matter. Just acres and acres of gold and amber grass, punctuated by patches of sand and lines of barbed wire fence.</p><p>And that’s the way the owners of Gracie Creek Ranch want it to stay.&nbsp; Lindsey Price, a fourth-generation rancher, her brother Aaron and their father Bob recently sold the largest conservation easement in Nebraska history, covering about 40 square miles.</p> Mon, 07 Jan 2013 18:12:51 +0000 Hilary Stohs-Krause. 12967 at When Conservation Pays Giant Wind Towers For Massive Wind Power <p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; With the wind energy tax credit about to expire at the end of this year….power companies are using favorable fall weather to install more towers across Iowa’s landscape.</p><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Cranes are working in an Eastern Iowa cornfield near Mechanicsville to build what will be the tallest wind generator in North America.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Mon, 17 Sep 2012 19:19:51 +0000 Pat Blank 8087 at Giant Wind Towers For Massive Wind Power