Siemens plant in Hutchinson key supplier for MidAmerican Energy’s 448-turbine order

Posted on by jenna

Dec 16, 2013, 11:08am CST

The Siemens plant in Hutchinson will be key supplier for five wind farm projects in Iowa.

All told, Siemens will provide 448 of its 2.3-megawatt wind turbines to MidAmerican Energy Holdings Co., the power company of Warren Buffet’s Berkshire Hathaway Inc.(NYSE: BRK.A)

MidAmerican Energy agreed to buy the turbines from Siemens in a deal that is valued at more than $1 billion, according toa Bloomberg report.

The Siemens plant in Hutchinson will supply hubs and nacelles, which are the car-sized units that house the turbine’s gears, electronics and gearboxes, for the 448 turbines. The rotors and blades will be supplied from the Siemens plant in Fort Madison, Iowa.

When the MidAmerican Energy project is complete, it is expected to generate 1,050 megawatts of energy, which is enough to power roughly 320,000 households.

The MidAmerican Energy order is Siemens’ largest to date for land-based wind equipment.

Josh Heck covers health care, professional services, education and energy.

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