Oregon, United States [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Iberdrola Renewables Inc. has signed a contract with Missouri River Energy Services (MRES) to purchase wind energy from Iberdrola’s Rugby Wind Project that is currently under construction near Rugby, North Dakota.
MRES is the first utility to contract for output from the project and the first to purchase power under Iberdrola Renewables’ reverse request for proposal. The Rugby Wind Project will include 71 turbines capable of producing 149 megawatts of power when the project is completed this winter.
The MRES share of the output could produce enough electricity to power almost 11,000 homes. Transmission service for the project is already in place, according to the Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator.
“North Dakota has the greatest potential of any state in the nation for wind power, and every wind turbine that goes up helps our state’s economy. I applaud both Iberdrola Renewables and Missouri River Energy Services for their partnership and for their efforts to generate electricity from clean, renewable prairie wind,” said U.S. Senator Kent Conrad.
The addition of the 40 megawatts from the Rugby project will bring the total wind power capacity of MRES to 82.4 megawatts, almost all of which has been added to the MRES generation portfolio in the past two years.