Missouri Times: Ameren Missouri expanding wind generation in the Show-Me State
ST. LOUIS (Oct. 22, 2018) – Today Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of Ameren Corporation (NYSE: AEE), announced that it has entered into an agreement to acquire, after construction, a wind generation facility of up to a 157-megawatts (MW) to be located in northwest Missouri. Today’s agreement, along with the previously-announced planned addition of a 400 MW wind generation facility in northeast Missouri, continues Ameren Missouri’s planned growth of renewable wind energy by 2020.
“Our transition to cleaner forms of generation is building momentum,” said Michael Moehn, president of Ameren Missouri. “Investing in renewable generation, with the majority in Missouri, benefits our customers and the communities we serve by keeping rates steady and increasing economic activity.”
The facility, developed by EDF Renewables North America, will be located in Atchison County. When operational in 2020, energy produced by the wind facility will power an estimated 47,000 homes. This new generation will help Ameren Missouri meet its goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050, based on 2005 levels.
Ameren Missouri’s planned additions will create approximately 280 jobs at the peak of construction, as well as several permanent jobs when the turbines are in service.
“Between the substantial improvements in the wind turbine technology, and declining prices, it makes a lot of sense for us to be making this significant investment,” said Ajay Arora, vice president of power operations and energy management at Ameren Missouri. “As we grow renewable energy, we’re also preparing smart technology upgrades for the state’s energy grid. Combined, they will create long-lasting, positive impacts for our customers.”
Both wind facility transactions are subject to a number of conditions, including approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission and obtaining a timely and acceptable transmission interconnection agreement from the Midcontinent Independent System Operator.