PSC Authorizes Second Wind Facility
The Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC) authorized Ameren Missouri to construct, own and operate a second “wind farm,” this one to be located in Atchison County in Northwest Missouri.
To be known as the Brickyard Hills Wind Facility, the wind farm is expected to generate 157 megawatts of electricity and bring hundreds of jobs to the area in the construction period, and some permanent positions, as well. The project will also generate local tax revenue and provide annual lease payments to landowners for at least 30 years.
Ameren Missouri’s first wind farm authorized by the PSC will be located in Northeast Missouri, in Adair and Schuyler counties. Currently under construction, it is a 400-megawatt facility that will include 175 turbines and will be the largest in Missouri. Both Ameren Missouri facilities are expected to be operational by the end of 2020 and will cost more than $1 billion combined, a significant investment in wind energy.
“Expanding renewable energy in Missouri is an important part of our strategy which will modernize the energy grid and enhance how our customers receive and consume energy,” said Ameren Missouri President Michael Moehn. Ameren Missouri has a goal of cutting its current carbon emissions by 80 percent by 2050.