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Green Energy Push May Attract Companies to Corridor

CEDAR RAPIDS (CBS 2/ FOX 28)—Developers like Mark Nolte hopes  the spinning wind turbines that are coming to the Hawkeye State, will help draw in a lot more than just energy to the corridor.
"It continues to make Iowa a very attractive state," said Nolte, president of the Iowa City Area Development group.
On the heels of Mid-American's $1.9 billion announcement to add nearly 700 new wind turbines to the state, developers like Nolte say the extra thousand watts of wind energy will be a magnet for businesses, looking to go green.
"It's a win-win for Iowa," said Governor Terry Branstad at Wednesday announcement.
"Every company right now that's looking at where to locate in the US is thinking about the green energy aspect of it," Nolte said. "They want to know all about the green incentives, power capacity in our state."
The state's energy goals are to create 20,000 more clean energy jobs, get 40% of its energy from renewable sources, and save up to $1 billion dollars per year.
"Companies are thinking about this,” Nolte said. “It's high on their priority list as they consider where to build."
The green-energy push has already drawn some major companies to Iowa.
Facebook and Google are building their multi-million dollar data centers in the state in part because of green energy.
"It's going to happen," Nolte said.

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