North Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association to offtake power from wind farm
May 27, 2021
by Paul Ciampoli
APPA News Director
May 27, 2021
North Iowa Municipal Electric Cooperative Association (NIMECA), power supplier to 13 public power utilities in northern Iowa, will offtake power from a wind farm in South Dakota that has been operational since September 2020.
The wind farm is Willow Creek Wind, a 103-megawatt project located in Butte County, South Dakota, and joins several other wind farms in NIMECA’s power supply portfolio.
The Hancock County Wind Project is owned by NextEra Energy Resources and is located near Britt, Iowa. The project has 148 Vestas turbines with a capacity of 97.7 MW. NIMECA purchases 3.96 MW of the output of this project. NIMECA has a purchase power agreement to purchase energy from the Hancock County Wind Project.
Crosswinds Energy Project was one of Iowa’s first locally owned wind farms. The project consists of 10 farmer-owners pooling their investments for a 10-turbine wind farm totaling 21 MW. NIMECA purchases 4.4 MW from the project. NIMECA has a purchase power agreement to purchase energy from the Crosswinds Energy Project.
NIMECA is a municipal joint action agency serving 13 municipal electric utilities located in Iowa.