When is Ameren going to specifically have wind or solar as a significant part of its energy-production portfolio?
What's the impact of Ameren Missouri’s interest in the Iowa wind farm?
- Ameren has an entire department devoted to pursuing the development of renewable energy in the region.
- In order to provide reliable, low cost power to our customers, Ameren uses a mix of fuel resources: hydro, wind, solar, coal, gas and nuclear.
- In September 2009 we entered into a 15-year Power Purchase agreement with Horizon Wind Energy to purchase 102 Megawatts of wind power, enough for 26,000 households.
- Ameren Missouri is currently constructing a landfill gas power plant located in St. Louis County. The Maryland Heights Renewable Energy Center will begin producing electricity in 2012, which will support approximately 10,000 homes.
- A solar system producing about 100 kWs (kilowatts) of power has been installed at our headquarters in St. Louis to help us evaluate several different types of solar technologies.
Much of the Midwest - including Ameren Missouri Service Territory - does not have an ideal wind source for developing wind power production on a commercial scale. A consistent 14-15 mph wind is considered an ideal wind source for utility scale installations.
We were able to add wind to our mix of power-producing sources in September 2009 by entering into a 15-year agreement with Horizon Wind Energy to purchase 102 megawatts of wind power which will support approximately 26,000 homes.
Why doesn't Ameren build its own wind farm?
- Much of the Midwest - including Ameren Missouri Service Territory*- does not have an ideal wind source for developing wind power production on a commercial scale. A consistent 14-15 mph wind is considered an ideal wind source.
- Learn more from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory site maps.