DES MOINES - Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) announced on Nov. 18 the signing of a long-term power purchase agreement that commits the state's largest cooperative energy provider to buy the entire output from two new wind farms being constructed near the towns of Hawkeye and Grand Junction. The projects will produce a combined 86 megawatts of electricity, which will double the amount of wind energy in CIPCO's generation portfolio when the two wind farms become operational in the fall of 2012.
"Over 95 percent of CIPCO's electricity is generated in Iowa and with the commitments of the Rippey and Hawkeye facilities, CIPCO's carbon-free and emissions-free resources will be over 50 percent by 4th quarter 2012," stated Dennis Murdock, CEO and Executive Vice President of CIPCO. "The addition of these two wind farms further enhances our commitment to local energy production and environmental stewardship."
The 36-megawatt Hawkeye Wind Farm and 50-megawatt Rippey Wind Farm are being developed by RPM Access LLC (RPMA), an independent wind developer in Iowa. RPMA also developed the Elk Wind Farm in Delaware County, which became operational earlier this year and is supplying power to CIPCO as well. Both new wind projects will use Nordex 2.5-megawatt turbines on 328-foot high towers, the highest wind turbines in Iowa. Onsite road and substation construction activities at Hawkeye and Rippey have already begun.
"We are very pleased to further contribute towards new economic development that provides job opportunities to rural communities in Iowa," added Murdock. "And, we are proud to partner with a local developer like RPM Access on another project that is good for rural Iowa and good for our members."
About Central Iowa Power Cooperative
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is a member-owned, not-for-profit electric cooperative that generates and transmits power to our member owners-13 member-owned electric cooperatives and associations-all located within the state of Iowa. CIPCO's members collectively serve a population of more than 320,000 rural and urban Iowans located in 58 of Iowa's 99 counties. This service territory stretches 300 miles diagonally across Iowa and includes or adjoins 12 of Iowa's 17 cities with populations greater than 25,000. CIPCO is headquartered in Cedar Rapids, Iowa with locations in Wilton, Montpelier, Creston and Des Moines. For additional information, visit our Web site at www.cipco.net.
About RPM Access LLC
RPM Access, headquartered in West Des Moines, Iowa, is an independent developer, owner and operator of wind projects with its main focus on the development of high quality wind farms in the Midwest. Over the last ten years, RPM Access developed and built 530 megawatts of operating wind farms located in Iowa. For more information: www.rpmaccess.com.