Wind and water work for members

Associated Electric has long used low-cost, renewable hydropower to serve members' electricity needs and added its first utility-scale wind farm in 2007 -- the first wind farm in Missouri -- to complement members' resources.

Hydropower is longtime part of resource mix

Table Rock dam view of spillway and power house

Table Rock dam

Hydropower from federal dams in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas is another major renewable resource Associated Electric uses to supply electricity to members. While hydropower is our cheapest resource, it is a limited commodity dependent on rainfall and the capacity of lakes and dams to store the water.

Co-ops pioneer wind energy in Missouri

Rural electric cooperatives have long been pioneers when it comes to bringing affordable electricity, and the quality of life it provides, to the people they serve. When it came to the frontier of wind energy in Missouri, rural electric cooperatives again helped open the way.

Associated Electric Cooperative stepped forward and signed a long-term agreement to buy all the power from Missouri’s first utility-scale wind farms. This commitment, as well as the strong high-voltage transmission system owned by Associated Electric and its members, brought wind power to Missouri.

Associated Electric buys all the power from four Missouri wind farms. It also signed two more long-term wind power purchase agreements, contracting for 300 megawatts from BP Wind Energy’s Flat Ridge 2 farm in south-central Kansas, completed in 2012, and for 150 MW from Wind Capital Group’s Osage County wind farm in northeast Oklahoma, completed in 2015.

Locking in long-term, economical, fixed-cost wind power helps Associated Electric mitigate expected fuel price increases and further diversifies member cooperatives’ resource mix.

Wind is part of a mix of resources, including the Take Control & Save energy efficiency program, hydropower, coal and natural gas, that Associated Electric uses to supply reliable and affordable electricity for members.

Associated Electric’s leadership in bringing the first wind farms to Missouri was recognized by the U.S. Department of Energy, which named Associated Electric the 2006 Wind Cooperative of the Year. DOE, in partnership with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and Cooperative Research Network, selected Associated Electric for its leadership, demonstrated success and innovation in its wind power program.

Conception wind farm features 24 2.1-MW turbines and sits on 7,000 acres in Nodaway County, Missouri.  The contracted capacity is 50 megawatts. Conception was declared commercially operational in 2008.

Conception wind farm features 24 2.1-MW turbines and sits on 7,000 acres in Nodaway County, Missouri.  The contracted capacity is 50 megawatts. Conception was declared commercially operational in 2008.

Cow Branch wind farm features 24 2.1-megawatt turbines and sits on 7,000 acres in Atchison County, Missouri.  The contracted capacity is 50 megawatts. Cow Branch was declared commercially operational in 2008.

Flat Ridge 2 wind farm features 194 1.6-megawatt turbines and sits on 66,000 acres in Barber, Harper, Kingman and Sumner counties in Kansas.  The contracted capacity is 300 megawatts. Flat Ridge 2 was declared commercially operational in 2012.

Lost Creek wind farm features 100 1.5-megawatt turbines and sits on 20,000 acres in DeKalb County, Missouri.  The contracted capacity is 150 megawatts. Lost Creek was declared commercially operational in 2010.

Osage wind farm features 94 1.6-megawatt turbines and sits on 8,500 acres in Osage County, Oklahoma.  The contracted capacity is 150 megawatts. Osage was declared commercially operational in 2015.

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