Springfield City Utilities will purchase all of the electricity generated from Duke Energy’s new Frontier wind farm to bring “emission-free” energy to more than 60,000 Springfield homes.
The wind farm is currently in the last phases of construction. According to Charlotte-based Duke Energy, the 3.3-megawatt wind turbines are the largest so far in the United States and will churn out 200 megawatts of power when all 61 units are running.
That’s equal to the power output of CU’s JTEC 1 coal-fired power plant, formerly known as the Southwest Power Station.
When the farm begins producing power in early October, the turbines will produce power that is significantly cheaper than power from CU’s coal-fired plants, according to Steve Stodden, CU’s associate general manager of electric supply.
After the initial 22-year contract ends, CU has an option to extend it for five or 10 years, though likely at a different rate. CU estimates it will spend about $13 million buying power from the Frontier site during the first full year of operation.
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