Merrillville-based Northern Indiana Public Service Co. has announced the first phase of plans to convert to renewable energy by adding three new wind farms. The new farms would be tied into NIPSCO’s electric system and serve nearly 500,000 customers.

NIPSCO’s plan to be coal-free by 2028 includes replacing coal-fired generation with wind, solar and battery storage technology.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to add more home-grown renewable energy in Indiana,” said Violet Sistovaris, NIPSCO president. “In addition to the economic benefits that projects like these add, the transition we’re making in our electric generation equates to an estimated $4 billion in cost-savings for customers over the long-term.” 

Agreements with Apex Clean Energy, EDP Renewables North America LLC and NextEra Energy Resources call for the new wind capacity to produce approximately 800 megawatts and to operational by late 2020. 

The three new wind projects:

  • Jordan Creek – 400 MW wind project to be developed by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC will be located in Benton and Warren counties, near Williamsport, Ind. The project will include an estimated 160 wind turbines. NIPSCO will purchase the power directly from Jordan Creek, who will operate and maintain the facilities. 
  • Roaming Bison – 300 MW wind project to be developed by Apex Clean Energy will be located in Montgomery County, near Waynetown, Ind. The project will include an estimated 107 turbines. NIPSCO will purchase the power directly from Roaming Bison, who will operate and maintain the facilities. 
  •  Rosewater –102 MW wind project to be developed by EDP Renewables North America LLC will be located in White County, Ind. The project will include an estimated 25 turbines. EDP Renewables, who will construct the wind farm, and NIPSCO entered into a joint venture and ownership agreement for the Rosewater project. 

 NIPSCO expects to announce more renewable projects later in the year.