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 15 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 MW. WVPA also recently partnered with a third-party to create two solar arrays that will produce 198 MW of energy by 2021 and has plans for a 199 MW solar array beginning in 2023. Wabash Valley Power’s total portfolio also currently consists of 119 MW of wind energy, and will grow to 219 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: 15** plants for a total of 53 MW
Solar Energy Owned Assets
Arrays in Paris, Illinois; Peru, Wanatah, Avon, LaOtto and Wheatfield (coming in 2019), Indiana; and Ste. Genevieve and Perryville, Missouri
Output: 7 MW
Solar Energy Purchased Power Agreement
Prairie State Solar (coming in June 2020)
Output: 99 MW
Headwater Renewables (coming in January 2021)
Output: 99 MW
Output: 199 MW
Dairy Digesters Purchased Power Agreement
Hidden View Dairy Farm
Fuel: Cattle Waste
Output: 1.6 MW
Wind Purchased Power Agreements
AgriWind, Pioneer Trail, Meadow Lake V & VI Wind Farm, Harvest Ridge (coming December 2019)
Output: 219 MW
Fuel Source data as of July 1, 2019.
*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.
**Wabash Valley Power purchases the energy from the Clinton landfill through a purchased power agreement.