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CIPCO Increases Wind Generation for Members


DATE: April 2, 2018

CONTACT: Kerry Koonce

PHONE/EMAIL: 515-362-7699,

DES MOINES – Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) announced development of the Heartland Divide Wind Farm, a major project to expand its wind energy platform, set for completion by the end of this year. CIPCO will purchase 100 percent of the output from the 104 MW facility owned by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, adding to its already diverse energy portfolio, which is more than 60 percent carbon-free.

“Our members want diverse energy options and CIPCO is committed to delivering safe and reliable power through a strong portfolio that incorporates renewables for the benefit of everyone,” stated CIPCO CEO Bill Cherrier. “Iowa is a leader in carbon-free energy resources and CIPCO is dedicated to expanding the footprint.”

“We are pleased to extend our relationship with CIPCO, co-owner of our nuclear plant in Iowa, the Duane Arnold Energy Center, to build another project Iowa can be proud of,” said Mike O’Sullivan, senior vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest operator of renewable energy projects from the wind and the sun. “The Heartland Divide wind project is expected to bring millions of dollars in additional revenue to landowners and local communities as it generates energy for CIPCO’s members and their customers.”

Once operational, the new wind farm will represent CIPCO’s largest wind energy project to date. Heartland Divide Wind represents the first time an energy facility of this size directly interconnects with CIPCO’s transmission system.

CIPCO is a cooperative energy provider serving 13 electric cooperatives and associations spanning 58 of Iowa’s 99 counties. CIPCO supplies energy to its member distribution cooperatives covering a territory that stretches 300 miles diagonally across the state from the Mississippi River on the east to Shenandoah in the southwest.  CIPCO is dedicated to delivering safe, reliable and affordable electric service to our members.


Central Iowa Power Cooperative is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

All or some of the renewable energy credits associated with this generation may have been sold or may be sold in the future, to other parties, or may be used to comply with future regulatory requirements.



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