White Cloud Wind Project, a new wind farm in Missouri providing renewable energy to AECI
Enel Green Power signed a Power Purchase Agreement with the Associated Electrive Cooperative to purchase the entire production worth 236.5 MW of the new White Cloud wind farm, with construction slated to begin in late 2019.
The Midwest is getting new green energy. Enel Green Power still holds the role of strategic partner of US corporations and institutions by sealing an energy purchase contract from its subsidiary, the White White Cloud Wind Project LLC and the Associated Electrive Cooperative Inc. (AECI), a power utility based in Springfield, Missouri.
AECI is a cooperative made by over 50 local energy providers spread along Missouri, Southeastern Iowa and Northwestern Oklahoma, supplying over 900 thousand households. EGP is already a well-established and long time partner of the US Midwestern community through PPAs that supply energy to the Tri-County Electric Cooperative of Oklahoma (TCEC) and Springfield’s City Utilities. Both operators purchase renewable energy from the Diamond Vista wind farm in Kansas.
AECI, will instead purchase the full capacity of our new White Cloud Wind Project in Nodaway County, currently in its planning stages. Once operational, the new wind farm will feature an installed capacity of 236,5 MW.
“Utilities across the country are increasingly turning to Enel Green Power to help diversify their energy supply through renewables. Through our new, White Cloud wind project, we are expanding our presence in Missouri, providing zero-emission, locally-sourced energy to its citizens. Looking ahead, we are continuing to scout for similar deals across the US, to support our growth in this country while fueling nationwide energy demand in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable fashion.”
– Georgios Papadimitriou, Head of Enel Green Power North America
White Cloud is expected to begin construction in the second half of 2019, with commercial operation due by the end of 2020.
“Associated added its first of eight contract wind resources more than a decade ago and has a long history of proactively adding new resources to meet its load growth. “Our strategy remains dedicated to a blended generation portfolio designed to provide reliable, affordable and responsible electricity to our members.”
– David J. Tudor, Associated’s CEO and general manager
PPAs are more than mere energy supply contracts but rather, solid and long-lasting partnerships that allow companies and institutions to secure a long-term renewable energy supply from certified power plants. With Power Purchase Agreements, Enel Green Power can provide its partners with a cost-competitive offer at the highest quality of service and above all, with a guaranteed sustainability of supplied energy.
The power purchase agreement is the first announced by Enel Green Power North America since its recent acquisition of Tradewind Energy, the Lenexa, Kansas-based developer of White Cloud.
Enel Green Power and Tradewind have been strategic development partners since 2006, supporting EGP’s growth in the US wind market. Over the course of this partnership, EGP successfully built and began operations of around 3.9 GW of capacity developed by Tradewind.
In Missouri, Enel Green Power North America currently operates the 300 MW Rock Creek wind farm, located in Atchison County.