Universal Wind and Hydro

Universal Wind and Hydro

As part of our wholesale power supplier’s commitment to environmental stewardship, about 20 percent of the electricity generated to meet members’ needs regularly comes from renewable resources: utility-scale wind and hydropower.

Hydropower from federal dams in Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas is a major renewable resource Associated Electric uses to supply electricity to members. Although hydropower is the least expensive generation resource, it is a limited commodity dependent on rainfall and the capacity of lakes and dams to store the water. Hydropower usually accounts for about 6 percent of the generation resources serving Associated members.

Members also receive electricity generated at utility-scale wind farms contracted with Associated Electric Cooperative. Four of the wind farms are located in northwest Missouri, one is in Kansas and one is in Oklahoma. Collectively, these utility-scale wind farms produce 14 percent of the electricity generated for Associated’s members. Associated announced Feb. 12, 2018, that it has signed a long-term power purchase agreement for additional wind energy from a 236-megawatt wind farm under development in northwest Missouri.

Cow Branch Wind Farm