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NIPSCO set to build three Indiana-grown wind projects

Contributed By:The 411 News

Will join turbine sites in what has become Indiana’s wind farm alley

NIPSCO’s announcement Friday of agreements with 3 wind farm developers is the first phase of its plans to be coal-free by 2028. The company expects to begin replacing the coal-fired generation with a combination of wind, solar and battery storage technology.

The projects will join turbine sites in what has become Indiana’s wind farm alley, along Route 41 and I-65 in farmlands near Lafayette.

“We’re excited for the opportunity to add more home-grown renewable energy in Indiana,” said Violet Sistovaris, NIPSCO president. “In addition to the economic benefits that projects like these add, the transition we’re making in our electric generation equates to an estimated $4 billion in cost-savings for customers over the long-term.”

NIPSCO has finalized agreements with three renewable energy developers – Apex Clean Energy, EDP Renewables North America LLC and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC. The new wind capacity is expected to be in operation by late 2020 with the three announced projects representing approximately 800 megawatts (MW) of nameplate capacity.

Jordan Creek – The 400 MW wind project, to be developed and constructed by NextEra Energy Resources, LLC will be located in Benton and Warren counties, near Williamsport, Ind. The project will include an estimated 160 wind turbines. NIPSCO will purchase the power directly from Jordan Creek, who will operate and maintain the facilities.

Roaming Bison – The 300 MW wind project, to be developed and constructed by Apex Clean Energy will be located in Montgomery County, near Waynetown, Ind. The project will include an estimated 107 turbines. NIPSCO will purchase the power directly from Roaming Bison, who will operate and maintain the facilities.

Rosewater – The 102 MW wind project, to be developed and constructed by EDP Renewables North America LLC will be located in White County, Ind. The project will include an estimated 25 turbines. EDP Renewables, who will construct the wind farm, and NIPSCO entered into a joint venture and ownership agreement for the Rosewater project.

Based on NIPSCO’s preferred plan, the amount of renewable energy resources NIPSCO is planning to add to its system over the next decade would more than double the amount of existing renewable energy in the state of Indiana, said Nick Meyer, NIPSCO Communications Manager. “This is a move that would put the state among the leading renewable producers in the nation.”

Story Posted:02/01/2019

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