Wind farm provides energy for your electric cooperative
Corn Belt Power Cooperative, your co-op's power supplier, is now receiving wind energy from FPL Energy?s Hancock County Wind Energy Center.
The wind energy center began commercial operation the end of December. Corn Belt Power?s control center recorded a peak of up to eight megawatts of capacity in any one hour during the initial operation.
Corn Belt Power has contracted to receive up to 11 megawatts of capacity from FPL Energy. This initial receipt of wind power was the first to be realized from the 20-year purchase agreement. Energy from the wind turbines is provided to Corn Belt Power?s 11 rural electric cooperative (REC) members that serve farms, rural residences, small towns and commercial/industrial customers in 27 north central Iowa counties.
Corn Belt Power also provides the wind energy to the municipal utilities served by the North Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association (NIMECA).
Donald Feldman, president of the Corn Belt Power board of directors, says, ?Through surveys, members of our electric cooperatives have expressed interest in including some type of renewable energy into our generation mix and wind fits that bill. Diversifying fuel types in our generation pool reduces the negative effect we would feel if we experience some type of adversity from one particular type of generation. That helps to keep rates stable and increases the reliability of our power supply.?
FPL Energy constructed approximately 148 Vestas V-47 turbines in Hancock County with half of the units located southwest of Klemme and the other half positioned south, southeast of Duncan. Each turbine sits on a tubular steel tower and has 660 kilowatts of nameplate capacity (the maximum amount of power the unit can generate).