St. Louis, Missouri [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] AmerenUE (UE) has announced the company’s first venture into wind power. UE will purchase 100 megawatts (MW) of wind power from Horizon Wind Energy’s Rail Splitter Wind Farm located near Delavan, Illinois. The power would tie into UE’s transmission system.
UE intends to sign a 20-year power purchase agreement (PPA) for the wind farm’s output. The PPA has not yet been signed, and terms are still subject to negotiation. Once the agreement is signed with Horizon, construction is expected to begin in the spring of 2008, with the project completed by the end of 2008. Sixty-seven turbines will be located on the site, with each turbine capable of generating 1.5 MW of electricity.“This is an exciting day for AmerenUE,” said UE President and CEO Tom Voss. “It is our first venture into wind development. We will be looking for additional opportunities as we increase the amount of renewable resources in our generating portfolio. This is a significant first step toward further diversifying our fuel mix and demonstrating our commitment to environmental stewardship.”