Environmental consciousness and energy efficiency are becoming more important to both individual consumers and businesses. In 2002, Wabash Valley Power began investing in landfill gas generation and now, with 16 plants and 53 MW of baseload capacity, leads the Midwest in landfill gas ownership.
Wabash Valley Power in 2017 created Co-op Solar, a community solar program so successful that in mid-2018 the WVPA board voted to expand up to 7.2 MW. WVPA also recently partnered with a third-party to create two solar arrays that will produce 198 MW of energy by 2021. Wabash Valley Power’s total portfolio also currently consists of 64 MW of wind energy, and will grow to 131 MW from wind in 2019 before increasing to 210 MW by 2020.
In addition, we purchase the output from wind farms and biogas generators. Rather than incorporating these renewables into our own portfolio, we sell the environmental attributes, facilitating others’ ability to achieve their environmental goals. While this doesn’t allow us to claim this generation as renewable in our own portfolio, it is one more way we are supporting the growth of renewables in the marketplace.*
Landfill Gas Plants Owned Assets- From Waste to Energy
Output: 16 plants for a total of 53 MW
Solar Energy Owned Assets
Arrays in Paris, Ill.; Peru, Wanatah, and Danville, Ind.; and Ste. Genevieve, Mo.
Output: 1.7 MW
Dairy Digesters Purchased Power Agreements
Bos Dairy Farms Biogas Plant, Herrema Dairy Farms, Hiddenview Dairy Farms, Windy Ridge Generating Facility
Fuel: Cattle Waste
Output: 6 MW
Wind Purchased Power Agreements
AgriWind, Story County, Pioneer Trail, Meadow Lake Wind Farm
Output: 64 MW
Fuel Source data as of January 1, 2018.
*Wabash Valley Power supports renewable energy by owning landfill gas generation and purchasing the output of wind farms and biogas generators. Wabash Valley Power sells, separately, the environmental attributes associated with this generation to its members and third parties, and therefore does not claim the generation as renewable within our own supply portfolio.