Bloomington-based Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc. has signed a 15-year deal that adds wind power for its members. The purchase agreement is with EDP Renewables North America. The wind energy is produced on an Illinois farm. August 13, 2014
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Hoosier Energy has entered into a 15-year power purchase agreement with EDP Renewables North America (EDPR NA) that will add 25 megawatts (MW) of wind energy from an Illinois wind farm beginning in December of 2014.
The wind power agreement is for 25 MW from the Rail Splitter Wind Farm located roughly 25 miles west of Bloomington, Illinois. The Rail Splitter project has been in operation since 2009 with installed capacity of about 100 MW.
“Hoosier Energy is focused on providing cost-effective renewable energy for our member systems,” said Steve Smith, Hoosier Energy President and Chief Executive Officer. “Our agreement with EDP Renewables adds more wind resources to our portfolio, which already includes wind, hydro, landfill methane and coalbed methane generation.”
The purchase agreement will provide approximately 74,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of energy annually to Hoosier Energy’s cooperative member systems and their consumers in southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
Hoosier Energy will also earn Renewable Energy credits (RECs) for the wind power. RECs certify the environmental attributes of renewable energy production.
“We are excited about this opportunity for partnership with EDP Renewables,” said Heath Norrick, Hoosier Energy Renewable Energy Manager. “The Rail Splitter Wind Farm is a proven Midwest provider of renewable energy that will provide benefits for our members.”
• Hoosier Energy is a generation and transmission cooperative (G&T) with headquarters in Bloomington, Ind. The G&T provides electric power and services to 18 electric distribution cooperatives in southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Hoosier Energy operates five power plants, three renewable energy plants and a 1,700-mile transmission network. See hepn.com for more information. Hoosier Energy is an equal opportunity provider and employer.
Source: Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc.