Wildhorse Mountain – AECC
Southern Power acquires Wildhorse Mountain Wind Facility
Wildhorse wind turbine
Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, today announced the acquisition of its tenth wind project – the 100-megawatt (MW) Wildhorse Mountain Wind Facility, located in Pushmataha County, OK.
Roaring Fork Wind, a co-development partnership between Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) and Vestas, developed the project. Once operational, all electric energy, capacity and other attributes generated by the facility will be sold under a 20-year power purchase agreement to Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC).
“We are proud to announce our tenth wind project as we continue to build the future of energy,” said Southern Power President and CEO Mark Lantrip. “Wildhorse Mountain is a great project for Southern Power’s growing footprint and a shining example of our collaborative partnership with RES. Our long-time partner Vestas was also a key player in delivering on this project. We look forward to its completion and operation.”
The project is expected to consist of 29 Vestas wind turbines. RES will provide the balance of plant construction of the facility, and Vestas will provide long-term maintenance of the turbines through a 20-year service agreement.
Wildhorse Mountain is expected to achieve commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2019. AECC intends to sell the renewable energy credits associated with the electricity produced by Wildhorse Mountain. AECC does not claim that the electricity to be sold from this resource to its member cooperatives and others is “green,” “renewable,” “clean” or has any other environmental attribute.
“AECC works on behalf of more than 500,000 electric cooperative members to add resources, like the 100 megawatts of capacity from Wildhorse Mountain Wind Facility, to its generation portfolio,” said Duane Highley, president and CEO of AECC. “This wind facility along with AECC’s diverse, reliable generation portfolio provides energy at the lowest possible cost to our members.”
Wildhorse Mountain is Southern Power’s fourth wind project within the state of Oklahoma. With this addition, Southern Power’s wind portfolio consists of more than 1,600 MW of wind generation. Southern Power’s wind facilities are part of the company’s 3,000-MW renewable fleet, which consists of 39 solar, wind and biomass facilities operating or under construction.
This project aligns with Southern Power’s overall business strategy of strengthening its wholesale business by acquiring and developing generating assets that are covered by long-term contracts with counterparties with strong credit support.
Hog Creek – SMECO
Broomfield, CO – Renewable Energy Systems (RES), a leader in the development, construction, and operation of wind,
solar, transmission, and energy storage projects in the Americas, is pleased to announce that construction has begun on
the Hog Creek Wind Project located in Hardin County, OH. The project, owned by EDP Renewables (EDPR), is on
schedule to be operational before the end of 2017 and will provide enough clean electricity to power approximately
19,000 Ohio homes. RES completed the project development and transferred Hog Creek wind project ownership to
EDPR in 2017.
Hog Creek Wind Project will be a 66-MW project comprised of 30 Vestas V110 2.2-MW turbines. The National
Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) facilitated the 20-year power purchase agreement with Southern
Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO). The project is expected to create 235 jobs during the peak of construction and
up to seven permanent jobs once operational.
“RES is grateful to the surrounding community for being supportive during the development cycle for this project. That
patience has paid off and now Hog Creek Wind Project will bring significant benefits to the region,” stated Shalini
Ramanathan, VP Origination, RES in the Americas. “RES is pleased to construct our third project for EDP Renewables, a
tremendous partner in bringing the benefits of renewable energy to communities across North America.”
“The Hog Creek Wind Project is a great addition to EDP Renewables’ growing wind portfolio in Ohio,” said Ryan Brown,
EDP Renewables North America Executive Vice President – Eastern Region and Canada. “Moreover, EDP Renewables is
eager to make additional investments in Ohio to provide more economic benefits to the state’s residents and its
communities. EDP Renewables applauds those who are working to ease Ohio’s onerous siting regulations, which, if
amended, would encourage more wind development in the state.”
“Once again, NRCO has assisted SMECO with procuring wind energy to help the cooperative meet state requirements. As
we add more and more renewable energy to our power portfolio, we demonstrate our commitment to environmental
stewardship,” said Jeff Shaw, SMECO Vice President of Distributed Energy and Sustainability.
With the completion of the Hog Creek Wind Project, EDPR will expand its operational capacity to more than 260 MW in
the state of Ohio. The project will have a significant impact on the region in providing a number of economic benefits to
its surrounding communities. Hog Creek Wind Project will make property tax payments to Hardin County estimated at
$594,000 per year and more than $10 million will be paid to local landowners through the life of the project. And in the
community, Hog Creek Wind Project recently donated $20,000 to the Hardin County Historical Museum to upgrade the
electrical system in the building. In addition, the project has established an internship program with Ohio State
University that is expected to begin in 2018.
Hog Creek Wind Project is the first wind project that RES has developed or constructed in Ohio. The company has
previously developed three innovative energy storage facilities across the state (Clinton, Willey, and Battery Storage of
Ohio). With the addition of the Hog Creek Wind Project, EDP Renewables will now own and operate a total of three
wind farms in Ohio. Others include the 100 MW Timber Road II Wind Farm (operational since 2011) and the 101 MW
Amazon Wind Farm US Central (operational since 2016).
About SMECO – The Cooperative Difference
Eighty years ago, when rural areas needed electricity, cooperatives were created. Visionary men and women helped to
form SMECO, which now provides electric service to more than 160,000 customers in Charles County, St. Mary’s County,
southern Prince George’s County, and most of Calvert County.
Co-ops are distinctly different from investor-owned utilities because co-ops are owned by their customers. Customermembers elect the men and women who serve on the Board of Directors. They share the responsibility of ownership by
financing the cooperative’s operations, but they also share its rewards.
Each year, SMECO’s margins—revenue less expenses—are allocated to customers’ capital credit accounts. SMECO uses
margins as working capital for new construction and system improvements. Then, when the Board determines that the
financial condition of the co-op warrants, members receive a refund.
As a cooperative, SMECO will always put its members first and be responsive, reliable, and resourceful—the power you
can count on.
Lookout Wind Farm
The National Renewables Cooperative Organization (NRCO) is excited to announce the successful completion of a purchase power agreement between the Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. and NRG. Under the purchased power agreement (PPA), Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. (SMECO), a customer-owned electric utility based in Hughesville, MD, agreed to purchase energy and associated environmental attributes for the next 15 years from the Lookout Wind Facility in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The project, completed in 2008, has a nameplate capacity of 37.8 MW. SMECO has contracted to purchase the full output of the facility.
Barton II Wind Project
NRCO Member 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. DPC agreed to purchase half of the project’s capacity, along with all the associated environmental attributes, for a term of five years.
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.”
Mehoopany Wind Project
Under separate purchased power agreements (PPAs), Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. (SMECO), a customer-owned electric utility based in Hughesville, MD, and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), a Glen Allen, VA-based cooperative that supplies wholesale power to 11 member distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, have agreed to purchase energy and associated environmental attributes for the next 20 years from the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. The project, to be constructed, owned, and operated by BP Wind Energy, is slated to have a nameplate capacity of 144 MWs. The facility is expected to achieve commercial operations in late 2012. SMECO has contracted to purchase 30 MWs or about 21% of the facility’s output, while ODEC will purchase 75 MWs or 52% of the energy.
Stony Creek Wind Project
NRCO reached a major milestone by facilitating and negotiating agreements between two of its member cooperatives and E.On Climate and Renewables. This success represents the first of many planned renewables energy projects for NRCO and its member cooperatives.
Under separate purchased power agreements (PPAs), Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. (SMECO), and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) agreed to purchase the energy and associated environmental attributes for the next 18 years from the Stony Creek Wind Project. The project – which began commercial operation in the fall of 2009 and has a nameplate capacity of 52.5 MWs – is owned and operated by a subsidiary of E.On Climate and Renewables, and is located near Somerset, Pennsylvania within the PJM market.
Pioneer Trail Wind Farm
Three NRCO G&Ts: Prairie Power, Inc., Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Wabash Valley Power Association; entered into an 18-year power purchase agreement with E.On Climate & Renewable North America, Inc. to purchase 40 MWs of wind energy and capacity from the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm. The facility is being constructed east of Paxton, IL within the Eastern Illini Electric Co-op’s territory, a member of Prairie Power, Inc.
Shooting Star Wind Farm
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, a regional wholesale power supplier and transmission operator in western and central Kansas, will buy the energy, capacity and environmental attributes of the planned Shooting Star Wind Project between Greensburg and Dodge City. The wind farm’s developer, Infinity Wind Power LLC, plans to begin construction in the fall of 2011 and finish the 104 MW plant by the end of 2012.
Flat Ridge Wind Farm
NRCO helped Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) negotiate a long-term purchase power agreement for 51 megawatts of wind energy from the Flat Ridge 2 South Wind Farm. The facility is part of a larger Flat Ridge 2 facility, currently sized at approximately 419 MW. The farm, funded by a partnership between BP and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, is located on a 66,000-acre site approximately 40 miles southwest of Wichita, Kan. The wind farm represents a combined investment of more than $800 million and is expected to be in full commercial operation by year-end 2012.
Origin Wind Energy
Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporations (AECC), will buy energy from the Origin Wind Energy project in southeast Oklahoma. AECC has reached a long-term agreement to purchase 150 megawatts of wind energy from RES America Developments Inc., a subsidiary of Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES Americas). The Origin Wind Energy project is located in Murray and Carter Counties. RES Americas developed and will construct the 75-turbine project that is scheduled to begin commercial operation by Dec. 31, 2014. AECC will be the sole recipient of the electricity generated.