Tenaska signed a long-term power purchase agreement (PPA) with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. for around 236 megawatts (MW) of generating capacity from a wind project in northwest Missouri.
The Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center project is in advanced development. Under terms of the 25-year PPA, the project is expected to enter service in 2020. Construction cost could be as much as $300 million. The wind farm could employ up to 15 people when it is operational.
Associated Electric, an electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Springfield, Missouri, provides wholesale power to six regional cooperatives, including NW Electric Power Cooperative Inc., and 51 local cooperative systems in Missouri, southeast Iowa and northeast Oklahoma.
The Tenaska Clear Creek project will include 100 to 120 wind turbines able to produce 2 to 3 MW each. Vestas is expected to supply the turbines and provide maintenance services for the project. Construction is expected to begin in 2019.