240 MW of Wind Contracted in NRCO 2016 Wind Request for Information (RFI)

At the beginning of 2016, the National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) released a Request for Information (RFI) on behalf of its Members regarding wind projects across the country. Over 40 developers responded representing over 120 individual wind assets under development in the PJM, MISO, ERCOT, SPP, and Southeast markets.

Earlier this month NRCO, working with participating Members, brought 3 deals to close out of its 2016 wind RFI, totaling 240 MW of wind capacity. One of these deals was recently announced: Dairyland Power Cooperative will be purchasing 80 MW of wind generation from the Barton Wind Project, operated by Avangrid Renewables. Information regarding the two remaining private deals will be be provided when they go public.

NRCO plans to begin its 2017 wind RFI process towards the end of February 2017.

NRCO Member Dairyland Power Coop Expands Wind Capacity

Effective February 15, 2017 Dairyland Power Cooperative (DPC) will be purchasing 80 MW of wind energy from the Barton Wind Farm, located in Kensett, Iowa and operated by Avangrid Renewables. The wind farm has been in operation since 2009 and has a rated capacity of 160 MW. The National Renewable Cooperative Organization (NRCO) helped originate and negotiate the deal in collaboration with DPC staff. Speaking to DPC’s vision to be a premier power cooperative, John Carr, Vice President of Strategic Planning at DPC, said “Resource diversification is a key component of that commitment to our cooperative membership. Growth in wind and solar supports Dairyland’s strategic direction to diversify.”

The full press release can be found here: Barton Wind Farm Feb 2017

NRCO Member CIPCO Launches Iowa’s Largest Utility-Based Solar Project

In late 2015, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) worked with NRCO to initiate an RFP  for the development of the largest utility-based solar project in Iowa. CIPCO has recently selected solar developer Azimuth Energy to develop the project. The multi-site installation will provide 5.5 MW of clean electricity to CIPCO’s Members as part of an ongoing effort to add solar energy to CIPCO’s fleet of energy resources.

The full release can be read at CIPCO’s website, here.