US utility Ameren Missouri is set to acquire its third wind energy generation facility in Missouri.
The energy provider to 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers will acquire a 300MW wind generation facility from Enel subsidiary Tradewind Energy.
The wind energy plant will be located in Atchison County.
Once completed, the plant will generate energy enough to power 90,000 homes.
The deal is part of efforts by Ameren Missouri to expand its clean and renewable energy portfolio following an investment of up to $1.4 billion in clean wind energy over the past eight months.
The $1.4 billion investment expanded the utility’s wind energy generation portfolio by 857MW.
The agreement is an important step in implementing Ameren Missouri’s Integrated Resource Plan, a 20-year outlook that supports cleaner energy in the state.
“Adding home-grown renewable energy in Missouri benefits our state by integrating more renewable resources onto the grid and boosting local economies. We anticipate that over 300 high-quality jobs will be created while the project is being built,” said Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri.
“This third facility is planned to be the most advanced in the state by harnessing more wind with fewer turbines. In taking advantage of this new technology, we’re taking another step in transitioning our generation fleet to cleaner resources and achieving our goal of reducing carbon emissions 80 percent by 2050,” said Ajay Arora, vice president of power operations and energy management.
Ameren Missouri will seek regulatory approval from the Missouri Public Service Commission to go ahead with the project.