AECC Acquires Access to More Wind Energy


AECC Acquires Access to More Wind Energy

The Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation announced Friday that it has acquired access to 173 megawatts of additional wind capacity from the Drift Sand Wind and the Chisholm View II projects in Oklahoma that began commercial operations this month.

According to a news release, the farms are owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America Inc. and are expected to generate around 720 million kWh annually, which is the equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 58,000 U.S. households.

Duane Highley, president/CEO of AECC, said in the release that the corporation serving 17 cooperatives around the state has always worked to add diverse resources, like wind, to its generation portfolio as fuel diversity helps stabilize energy prices for electric cooperative members. 

"Over the past five years, AECC has secured long-term power purchase agreements for wind, solar and biomass capacity," he said. "We are continuing to evaluate new wholesale energy opportunities."