Enel Green Power North America Inc. (EGPNA), the Italy-based Enel Group’s U.S.-based renewable company, has signed a new power purchase agreement (PPA) for its White Cloud wind farm in Missouri.
White Cloud Wind Project LLC, a subsidiary of Enel, signed the deal with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), a power utility based in Springfield, Mo. In line with the agreement, AECI will purchase the entire output generated by the 236.5 MW White Cloud project, currently in development in Nodaway County.
“Utilities across the country are increasingly turning to Enel Green Power to help diversify their energy supply through renewables,” says Georgios Papadimitriou, head of EGPNA. “Through our new White Cloud wind project, we are expanding our presence in Missouri, providing zero-emission, locally sourced energy to its citizens. Looking ahead, we are continuing to scout for similar deals across the U.S., to support our growth in this country while fueling nationwide energy demand in an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable fashion.”
White Cloud is expected to begin construction in the second half of 2019, with commercial operation due by the end of 2020. In Missouri, EGPNA also operates the 300 MW Rock Creek wind farm, located in Atchison County.
“Associated added its first of eight contract wind resources more than a decade ago and has a long history of proactively adding new resources to meet its load growth,” notes David J. Tudor, CEO and general manager of AECI. “Our strategy remains dedicated to a blended generation portfolio designed to provide reliable, affordable and responsible electricity to our members.”
AECI provides wholesale power to six regional and 51 local electric cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma.
EGPNA recently acquired Tradewind Energy, the Lenexa, Kan.-based developer of White Cloud.