Local Wind Energy:

A Path To Customer Savings

On July 11, 2018, the Missouri Public Service Commission issued an order supporting Liberty Utilities – Empire District’s efforts to add up to 600 megawatts of wind generation located within or near its service territory. Once this project is fully operational, scheduled for the end of 2020, it is expected to generate cost savings of up to $169 million over a 20-year time period and up to $300 million over a 30-year time period.

The Time Is Right For Wind

Wind energy is an abundant, natural resource that is not dependent on imported fuel. Changes in cost, innovation, and technology have made generating wind energy in our region a cost-effective and reliable way to help produce the power we need and to control our energy future.

What's Changed
  • Lower wind production costs
  • Technology advancements
  • Availability of low-cost natural gas
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What We Already Know
  • Tax credits begin to expire EOY 2020
  • Additional coal ash handling upgrades required by October 2020
  • High costs to operate 45-year-old coal plant relative to wind generation
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A New Path Forward
  • Innovation, technology and changing markets
  • Opportunities to create value
  • Close to $300M in savings over 30 years, compared to current resource plan = $10/month savings for average residential customer

Wind Makes Our Community Stronger

The wind farms will bring jobs, tax revenue, and additional economic benefits to the communities and states where they are located.

Innovation At Home
Bringing innovation and latest technology to our area keeps costs competitive and lets us control our own energy future
Economic Development Edge
Keeping energy costs competitive gives our community an edge in retaining jobs and attracting development
Local Investment
Generating up to 600 MW in our region means more than $1 billion in investment
Local Income
Landowners get a new source of steady income AND tax revenue is created for local communities where the wind is produced
Healthier Community
Cleaner energy makes our community healthier, and more sustainable

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North Forks Ridge and & Kings Point Wind Farms

Location: Barton, Dade, Jasper, and Lawrence Counties, Missouri

Design: Approximately 140 turbines across the two wind farms generating approximately 300 megawatts total

Construction: Tenaska, an energy company based in Omaha, Nebraska, is developing and will manage the construction of the North Fork Ridge and Kings Point wind farms.

Neosho Ridge Wind Farm

Location: Neosho County, Kansas

Design: Approximately 139 turbines generating approximately 300 megawatts

Construction: Apex Clean Energy, based in Charlottesville, Virginia, is developing and will manage the construction of the Neosho Ridge wind farm.

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