For Immediate Release:
December 16, 2013
Democratic Investment in Wind Energy Continues to Pay Dividends for Iowans
Des Moines – Siemens and Mid-American Energy today announced that Mid-American’s plans to install nearly 450 wind turbines in the state is the largest order of its kind ever for Siemens. None other than Terry Branstad was there to host the celebration and take credit for the announcement.
Terry Branstad’s only connection to the project is that he happened to be governor when the deal was finalized. Rather, this is the culmination of years of investment and hard work by former Governors Chet Culver and Tom Vilsack – Democratic leaders who had the vision to make Iowa a leader in wind energy.
“While Terry Branstad may have been in attendance, it was his two predecessors – Tom Vilsack and Chet Culver – who were much more instrumental in making today’s announcement possible,” said Iowa Democratic Party Executive Director Troy Price. “These two leaders – along with Democrats in the state legislature – helped usher in the era of wind energy here in Iowa. Iowa Democrats thank Mid-American for making the long term commitment to wind when Tom Vilsack was governor and for expanding wind energy capacity when Chet Culver was Governor. Democrats have proven time and again they are best at harnessing the power of our state to help create new opportunities for Iowans. Today we saw the only role Terry Branstad is good at: ribbon cutting.”