Target: Governor of Iowa, Terry Branstad
Goal: Commend Alliant Energy for operation and construction of a new wind farm in Franklin County, Iowa.
An Iowa company, Alliant Energy, recently began operation of the new Franklin County Wind Farm. The 18,000 acre farm consists of 60 wind turbines capable of providing power to approximately 25,000 homes. Applaud Alliant Energy for their commitment to providing clean energy to protect our environment.
Construction of the facility began in March 2012, and commercial operation began in December. The final cost of the plant came to about $325 million. Alliant Energy expects to elect a government cash grant option to help cover the cost of the project. This grant is an incentive available from the U.S. Department of Treasury that offsets a portion of the cost of facilities moved into operation before the end of 2012.
The actual day-to-day operations of the installation will be handled by Franklin County Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Alliant Energy. Each of the turbines of the plant can produce 1.65 MW of emissions-free energy and will be operating about 90 percent of the time, depending on electric grid requirements and sustainable wind speeds. The entire plant produces nearly 100 MW of energy. Franklin County Wind LLC is currently searching for a specific buyer of the power produced at the new farm. In the meantime, it will sell its power into the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator (MISO) market.
This new wind farm will impact tens of thousands of Iowa residents by providing them with new clean energy. The efforts of those who built and work at this facility should not go unnoticed. Sign this petition to urge Governor Branstad to applaud Alliant Energy and Franklin County Wind LLC for their continued commitment towards a greener nation.
Dear Governor Branstand,
The new Franklin County Wind Farm recently began operation in your state. This new facility, built and operated by Alliant Energy and its subsidiary Frankly County Wind LLC, generates approximately 100 MW of power and provides emissions-free energy for about 25,000 homes. Construction on the facility went smoothly, starting in March 2012, and finishing December 2012, when the plant opened for commercial operation.
The efforts of this company will impact countless Iowa residents not only by providing them with clean energy, but by preventing unnecessary pollutants from being released into Iowa’s atmosphere. I urge you to applaud Alliant Energy and Franklin County Wind LLC for their construction and operation of this facility, bringing Iowa towards a more sustainable future.
[Your Name Here]
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