A Path to Customer Savings
On July 11, 2018, the Missouri Public Service Commission issued an order supporting Liberty Utilities – Empire District’s efforts to add up to 600 megawatts of wind generation located within or near its service territory. Liberty - Empire has executed agreements with two companies, Tenaska and Apex Clean Energy, to purchase three wind farms once they are constructed and in operation, pending final regulatory approvals. The wind farms will be constructed in Barton, Dade, Jasper, and Lawrence Counties in Missouri and in Neosho County, Kansas.
These projects will result in investment of more than $1 billion, approximately half of which will be covered by entities other than Liberty – Empire as a result of existing federal tax credits. Construction is targeted to start in the fall of 2019, and commercial operation is targeted for 30 years, starting in late 2020. Once this project is fully operational, it is expected to generate cost savings of up to $169 million over a 20-year time period and up to $300 million over a 30-year time period.
The Time is Right for Wind
Wind energy is an abundant, natural resource that is not dependent on imported fuel. Changes in cost, innovation, and technology have made generating wind energy in our region a cost-effective and reliable way to help produce the power we need and to control our energy future.
- No polluting emissions during operation
- Does not consume water
- Healthier and more sustainable communities
Our customers expect us to look for innovative ways to provide reliable energy, hold down costs, and support our region by investing locally. This initiative is an important step to ensure we meet those expectations.
Wind Energy Provides Local Economic Benefits
In addition to cost savings and environmental benefits, the wind farms will bring jobs, tax revenue, and additional economic benefits to the communities and states where they are located.
- Creates several hundred jobs during construction plus full-time operational jobs at each wind farm once construction is completed
- Provides millions of dollars of tax revenue over the life of the projects to support local schools, government services, and property owners
- Offers a new, steady source of income for landowners while enabling them to retain the use of much of their leased land for existing purpose such as farming or livestock (only a small portion – roughly 2/3 of an acre – is needed to site each wind turbine and its access road)
- Keeps energy costs competitive, giving our community an edge in retaining jobs and attracting development
Wind Farm Sites 1 and 2: Barton, Dade, Jasper, and Lawrence Counties, Missouri
Wind Farm Site 3: Neosho County, Kansas