Ameren Missouri has acquired the company’s second wind energy center, a 300 MW facility located in northwest Missouri.
Clean, renewable electricity from the plant was already reaching consumers, even though some of the project turbines are still under development. Approximately 100 MW are currently in operation, with an additional 50 MW to 75 MW expected by the end of March. The remaining 125 to 150 MW is expected to be operational later this year.
The new Atchison renewable energy center, along with the 400 MW High Prairie Renewable Energy Center, which Ameren Missouri started running in December, will bring 700 MW of in-state wind power to the grid. The overall investment in these two ventures amounts to nearly $1.1 billion.
“Ameren Missouri is taking major steps forward in our transformation to clean energy with the addition of these two large facilities. We’re planning for the long term with deep carbon reductions to achieve our goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.”Marty Lyons, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri.
The new energy centers are the first of several clean energy additions planned by Ameren Missouri. The corporation also unveiled plans to spend nearly $4.5 billion in 3.100 MW of renewable energy production by 2030, including the Atchison and High Prairie renewable energy centers.
“Missouri-based clean energy is good for our customers, the environment and the economy. The ongoing operation of these facilities is the next step in getting the energy we provide as clean as we can, as fast as we can, without compromising on reliability or affordability.”Ajay Arora, chief renewable development officer at Ameren Missouri.