Officials of Rock Port, Mo., say the town is set to become the first in America capable of meeting 100% of its electricity demand from wind power, which will be generated from the Loess Hills wind power facility.
‘By generating enough clean, renewable electricity to meet all of Rock Port's energy needs while also generating additional revenue for their tax base, the Loess Hills facility is a shining example of the benefits of wind energy development,’ says Tom Carnahan, president of Wind Capital Group, developer of Loess Hills.
The Loess Hills facility, located on agricultural lands within the city limits of Rock Port, produces up to 16 million kWh of electricity annually, which exceeds the 13 million kWh Rock Port uses each year.
Electricity not used by homes and businesses in Rock Port will be purchased by the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) for use in other communities across Missouri. As part of this arrangement, MJMEUC will supply Rock Port's power needs when the wind turbines are not generating at capacity.