Missouri Readies 400 MW Wind Farm
Missouri has entered into an agreement to
acquire, after construction, a 400-megawatt
wind farm in northeast Missouri, the largest
ever in the state.
"We are excited to take this transformative
step to bring more renewable generation to
our customers," said Michael Moehn,
president of Ameren Missouri. "Adding more
wind energy will help us achieve our goal to
reduce carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050."
The facility would be built by an affiliate
of Terra-Gen, LLC in Adair and Schuyler
counties. Groundbreaking is expected in
summer 2019. The wind farm will consist of
175 American-made wind turbines that will
stand more than 450 feet above the ground.
These types of turbines will be among the
most technologically advanced in the state.
Energy produced by the wind farm will power
an estimated 120,000 homes by 2020.
"This major wind development would benefit
our customers, the communities we serve and
the environment," said Ajay Arora, vice
president of power operations and energy
management at Ameren Missouri.
"Missouri-based wind generation recently
became an affordable option. These planned
investments in wind energy would help keep
customers' rates more stable over time. Our
state would also benefit from continued
investment and economic growth, including
hundreds of construction jobs, as well as
permanent jobs when the turbines are in
The wind farm is enabled by the expanded
transmission capacity made possible by
Ameren Transmission Company of Illinois'
Mark Twain Transmission Project, approved in
January by the Missouri Public Service
Commission (PSC). The Mark Twain
Transmission Project has a targeted
in-service date of December 2019.
"The new transmission line is vital to the
expansion of renewable energy generation and
distribution in Missouri," Moehn said. "In
addition to being an engine for economic
growth, the Mark Twain Transmission Project
will strengthen our region's energy grid and
deliver greater energy reliability."
transaction is subject to a number of
conditions, including timely approval from
the PSC and obtaining a timely and
acceptable Midcontinent Independent System
Operator transmission interconnection
Today's announcement is the first major step
in implementing Ameren Missouri's Integrated
Resource Plan, a 20-year outlook that
supports cleaner energy in the state. The
plan is consistent with Missouri's Renewable
Energy Standard passed by voters in 2008.
Planned investments include approximately $1
billion to build wind generation projects in
Missouri and possibly neighboring states,
resulting in at least 700 megawatts of new
wind-generated energy by 2020. This wind
farm would meet more than half of that
planned capacity. Ameren Missouri also
expects to add 100 megawatts of
solar-generated energy over the next 10
years, with 50 megawatts targeted to come
online by 2025.