Cooperatives Get Wind Power

While talking about the role of cooperatives in Arkansas (see story here), Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. of Little Rock told Whispers that it would soon add wind power to its diverse energy portfolio.

AECC generates and supplies energy for the state's 17 regional cooperatives, using coal, gas and hydropower as fuel.

The power will result from an expansion to the 66,000-acre, 419-megawatt Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm near Wichita, Kan., which is owned by BP of Houston and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power of San Diego.

AECC will enter into a partnership with BP to use a 51-megawatt expansion to the farm.

"The wind farm is under construction," said Doug White, corporate spokesman for AECC. "We'll be getting capacity from that wind farm in the summer. The partnership is formalized, but we're not sure when that power is getting to us."

"Once the facility is constructed, the power - when generated - will benefit electric cooperative members across Arkansas," said Rob Roedel, communications manager at AECC. "If the power is not needed at that time, then it will be distributed to areas that have demand."