Ameren Missouri on Monday announced it will move forward with a 175-turbine wind farm in northeast Missouri that would be the largest in the state.
The St. Louis-based utility is expected to break ground next summer in Adair and Schuyler counties on the 400-megawatt project, which could provide electricity to 120,000 homes.
The farm will be built by wind developer Terra-Gen and acquired by Ameren after its completion.
The project is expected to help Ameren with its goal of reducing its 2005 carbon emission levels by 80 percent before 2050. The utility also is working toward a state-mandated standard of generating 15 percent of its portfolio from renewable sources by 2021. Ameren Missouri currently generates 5 percent of its energy from renewable sources.
Ameren declined to disclose the cost of the new wind project, but the farm’s generating capacity would be more than half of the 700 megawatts the company recently committed to build out by 2020. Ameren said that larger project would involve investment of $1 billion.