In the spring of 2012 Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative broke ground on its first cooperative-owned solar facility. The plant, located near SMECO headquarters in Hughesville, MD, came online in November of 2012. The project is 6.4 MW DC and will generate electricity for the next twenty years. Solar renewable energy credits from the project will help SMECO comply with its obligations under the state’s renewable portfolio standard. NRCO administered a competive RFP for development of the project and provided project management throughout the constructioin period. NRCO also assisted SMECO in obtaining debt financing as well as the ARRA Section 1603 grant from the US Treasury Department.
NRCO helped Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) negotiate a long-term purchase power agreement for 51 megawatts of wind energy from the Flat Ridge 2 South Wind Farm. The facility is part of a larger Flat Ridge 2 facility, currently sized at approximately 419 MW. The farm, funded by a partnership between BP and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, is located on a 66,000-acre site approximately 40 miles southwest of Wichita, Kan. The wind farm represents a combined investment of more than $800 million and is expected to be in full commercial operation by year-end 2012.
Sunflower Electric Power Corporation, a regional wholesale power supplier and transmission operator in western and central Kansas, will buy the energy, capacity and environmental attributes of the planned Shooting Star Wind Project between Greensburg and Dodge City. The wind farm’s developer, Infinity Wind Power LLC, plans to begin construction in the fall of 2011 and finish the 104 MW plant by the end of 2012
Three NRCO G&Ts: Prairie Power, Inc., Southern Illinois Power Cooperative and Wabash Valley Power Association; entered into an 18-year power purchase agreement with E.On Climate & Renewable North America, Inc. to purchase 40 MWs of wind energy and capacity from the Pioneer Trail Wind Farm. The facility is being constructed east of Paxton, IL within the Eastern Illini Electric Co-op’s territory, a member of Prairie Power, Inc.
Under separate purchased power agreements (PPAs), Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. (SMECO), a customer-owned electric utility based in Hughesville, MD, and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC), a Glen Allen, VA-based cooperative that supplies wholesale power to 11 member distribution cooperatives in Virginia, Maryland and Delaware, have agreed to purchase energy and associated environmental attributes for the next 20 years from the Mehoopany Wind Farm in Wyoming County, Pennsylvania. The project, to be constructed, owned, and operated by BP Wind Energy, is slated to have a nameplate capacity of 144 MWs. The facility is expected to achieve commercial operations in late 2012. SMECO has contracted to purchase 30 MWs or about 21% of the facility’s output, while ODEC will purchase 75 MWs or 52% of the energy.
NRCO reached a major milestone by facilitating and negotiating agreements between two of its member cooperatives and E.On Climate and Renewables. This success represents the first of many planned renewables energy projects for NRCO and its member cooperatives.
Under separate purchased power agreements (PPAs), Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative Inc. (SMECO), and Old Dominion Electric Cooperative (ODEC) agreed to purchase the energy and associated environmental attributes for the next 18 years from the Stony Creek Wind Project. The project – which began commercial operation in the fall of 2009 and has a nameplate capacity of 52.5 MWs – is owned and operated by a subsidiary of E.On Climate and Renewables, and is located near Somerset, Pennsylvania within the PJM market.