A massive wind energy farm is being proposed for northwest Iowa by Governor Culver. Culver, speaking in Sioux City on Tuesday, says the sour economy may be boosted by a large-scale wind energy complex.
State officials are considering a $700-million bonding plan to aid flood recovery in eastern Iowa, but diverting $17-million from that amount to support a wind energy park on a 400-acre tract of land south of Sioux City.
The governor says: "We’ve had a lot of interest here from wind energy companies. I expect it’s just a matter of time before we land a very exciting opportunity in the renewable energy field. You’re positioned really well here." If plans come together, the complex could create 1,500 permanent jobs.