Tradewind Energy developing 340 MW of wind power in Iowa

A Tradewind Energy official has confirmed that his company is seeking to develop 340 MW of new wind power at projects that will be located in Poweshiek County, Iowa.

Tradewind is pursuing plans for the 140 MW North English project and the 200 MW English project. Tradewind is still in the planning stages on the projects and is working with government authorities to get the numerous permits required, Development Manager Jeff Hammond said in an email response to GenerationHub.

The English wind project is located about 60 miles east of Des Moines, Iowa in the high-yielding corn and soybean farmlands of Poweshiek County, Iowa, according to a Tradewind website.

“We hope to start construction in the Fall of 2017 and enter commercial operation by the end of 2018,” Hammond said. Transmission infrastructure already exists, and the company has filed interconnection requests to the Midcontinent ISO (MISO) to build the projects, he added.

The English project would connect to either a 345 kV (MIDAM) line or a 161kV (MIDAM) transmission lines, according to a company website.

“We are still in the planning stages and have not finished all the leasing nor the design, so we don’t have a final cost,” Hammond said. Tradewind has already installed meteorological towers to measure wind speeds.

“We enjoy very good support from the entire Poweshiek County community,” Hammond said. “We have approximately 325 landowners and over 60,000 acres involved in the Project areas.”

Founded in 2003, Tradewind is also involved with other wind generation projects in Iowa and Kansas. It is also a developer of solar projects.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 22 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants.

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