CU reserves additional wind power for Springfield customers
City Utilities of Springfield has secured an additional 100 MW of wind energy from the 300 MW Diamond Vista wind project near Salina, Kansas. CU is one of three entities acquiring power and renewable energy credits of the wind energy through a long-term purchased power agreement (PPA).
The addition of this resource, expected to begin delivery in early 2019, will bring the total renewable energy portfolio of CU to approximately 40 percent of City Utilities demand for electricity.
The Diamond Vista wind project, recently acquired by Enel Green Power North America, Inc. (EGNPA) from Tradewind Energy, is currently under construction with an expected completion date of late 2018.
“Our mission is to responsibly serve our customers and community beyond their expectations,” says Scott Miller, General Manager for City Utilities of Springfield. “The Diamond Vista wind project will expand our renewable energy portfolio with another high-quality wind source. This positions CU to be able to provide low-cost, reliable and environmentally responsible energy to the Springfield community for decades to come.”
City Utilities of Springfield is a community-owned utility serving 320 square miles in southwest Missouri since 1945 with electricity, natural gas, water, broadband, and public transportation services. CU is governed by a board composed of local citizens to provide 111,000 CU customers some of the lowest rates in the United States.
EGPNA is part of the Renewable Energies division of the Enel Group, is a leading owner and operator of renewable energy plants in North America with projects operating and under development in 23 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. EGPNA operates around 100 plants with a managed capacity exceeding 4.2 GW powered by renewable hydropower, wind, geothermal and solar energy. In 2017, the company was the fastest growing renewable energy company in the US, bringing approximately 1.2 GW of capacity online. The company is currently the largest wind operator in Kansas and Oklahoma.