Liberty Utilities, a U.S. subsidiary of Ontario-based Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp. (APUC), has received certificates of convenience and necessity (CC&N) to acquire three wind farms, once completed, in Missouri and Kansas.
Together, the projects will generate up to 600 MW of wind energy. APUC refers to the projects as the “customer savings plan,” expected to result in an investment of more than $1.1 billion while reducing energy costs for customers.
The wind farms are located in Barton, Dade, Lawrence and Jasper counties in Missouri and in Neosho County, Kansas. Receipt of the CC&N allows construction to commence on the three sites.
“The receipt of the CC&Ns is an important milestone in the implementation of the customer savings plan,” states Ian Robertson, CEO of APUC. “The addition of 600 MW of wind energy to displace fossil-based energy sources will not only provide cost-saving benefits to our Midwest electric utility customers but will also deliver other significant economic and environmental benefits. Initiatives such as the customer savings plan are important in the transition of our supply mix to clean energy sources and underpin APUC’s commitment to contribute meaningfully to a sustainable energy future.”
Construction is expected to begin in the third quarter and be completed by the end of 2020.