De Soto, Iowa (PRWEB) May 17, 2015
Marshall Wind Energy LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of RPM Access LLC (RPMA), has signed three individual long-term renewable energy power purchase agreements with Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC), headquartered in Columbia, Missouri, Kansas Power Pool (KPP), based in Wichita, Kansas and the City of Independence, Missouri, Department of Power and Light (IPL), totaling 65 MW of renewable energy.
“On behalf of Marshall Wind Energy LLC, we are very pleased to embark on long-term renewable energy supply partnerships with MJMEUC, KPP and IPL,” said Mr. Stephen Dryden, Principal of RPM Access, the project’s developer. “We appreciate this opportunity to support their strategic objectives to achieve additional fuel diversity within their electric supply portfolios, advance their sustainability initiatives, secure predictable low-cost renewable energy pricing for two decades, and to proactively address retail consumers’ and other stakeholders’ growing expectations for environmental responsibility.”
“The Marshall Wind project is another notable addition to our growing renewable energy portfolio including solar, wind, landfill gas, and hydropower which has been developing for over 7 years. We anticipate that by the end of 2016 we may have as much as 77 MW, representing about 14% of our 2014 summer peak load for the Missouri Public Energy Pool,” remarked President and General Manager, Duncan Kincheloe, of the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission. “We believe that developing a balanced portfolio of conventional and renewable energy sources best positions our communities to react to future changes in state and federal requirements, while at the same time meeting local requests for low emission electric power. Municipal cities in Missouri have been demonstrated leaders among all utilities in promoting the growth of these energy resources.”
“With this purchase power agreement, nearly twenty percent of the Kansas Power Pool’s load will be served by renewable energy,” noted KPP General Manager, Mark Chesney. “We are pleased to add this renewable energy resource to our generation mix – it is important to our future as wind energy is among the least-cost renewable energy resources.”
“The City of Independence is committed to providing affordable, safe and reliable electric service to our community with a commitment to the environment,” said Leon Daggett, Power & Light Director. “With the Marshall Wind power purchase, the City of Independence’s renewable electric supply portfolio will increase from 5% to over 13% thereby meeting the City Council’s goal of 10% by 2018.”
In combination, these renewable energy power contracts will enhance the electric supply portfolios supporting the needs of approximately 175,000 retail consumers served regionally by MJMEUC, KPP and IPL.
On May 4th, RPM Access signed a supply contract with Vestas-American Wind Technology for 36 V110-2.0 MW turbines to power its 72 MW Marshall Wind Farm in Marshall County, Kansas. Installation and commissioning of the wind turbines is planned for the first half of 2016, with full commercial operations expected before July 1, 2016.
About RPM Access
RPM Access, headquartered in De Soto, Iowa, is an independent developer, owner and operator of wind projects with its main focus on the development of high quality wind farms in the Midwest. Since 2000, RPM Access has initiated and developed more than 1,200 megawatts of wind farm assets. For more information, please visit: http://www.rpmaccess.com.
About the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission
The Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission (MJMEUC) is a state-wide Joint Action Agency specifically authorized by state law to operate as an electric utility for the benefit of the combined requirements of the members. Established by six charter members, the Commission has grown to a membership of 67 municipally-owned retail electric systems ranging in size from approximately 230 to approximately 109,700 meters. These municipal and cooperative electric systems serve 347,000 retail customers, and have a combined peak load of over 2,639 MW. For more information, please visit: http://www.mpua.org.
About the Kansas Power Pool
In 2005, the Kansas Power Pool (KPP) became the first municipal power pool in the state of Kansas by delivering power to four of the founding cities of the organization. A truly member driven organization, KPP procures energy and transmission service to more than twenty Kansas municipal electric utilities primarily in north central and south central Kansas. KPP’s mission continues to focus on providing the most effective and efficient wholesale electric service to our members. To learn more about KPP, please visit: http://www.kansaspowerpool.org.
About the City of Independence, Missouri, Department of Power and Light
IPL is a municipally-owned electric utility established in 1901 to provide the residents and businesses of the City of Independence with safe, reliable and affordable electric service. The utility serves over 56,000 customers within the City of Independence, Missouri through an electric distribution system of 650 miles of power lines. At IPL, customer service and reliable electric power are the highest priority. To learn more about the City and IPL, please visit: http://www.indepmo.org.