Located near Maryville in Nodaway County, Missouri, US, Tenaska Clear Creek Energy Center is a 236MW onshore wind farm being developed by Tenaska, a private independent energy company based in Nebraska.
Construction of the wind farm is expected to begin in 2019 with the start of commercial operations expected in 2020. Tenaska is currently engaged in discussions with potential equity partners and contractors for the project.
The total construction cost of the wind project is estimated to range between $200m and $300m.
Tenaska will build, own and operate the wind farm through its subsidiary Tenaska Clear Creek Wind for a period of 30 years from the date of commencement of commercial operations.
Tenaska Clear Creek wind farm location and make-up
The onshore wind farm will be located in north-west region of Missouri, which is known for the best wind resources in the state.
It will be installed with up to 120 advanced turbines having a rated capacity of 2MW to 3MW each.
The wind power project will optimise land use with turbines and access road occupying an area of approximately two-third of an acre. The remaining area will be unaffected and continue to be used for cattle grazing and farming.
“The wind farm will utilise the existing transmission interconnections of Associated Electric”
Power purchase agreement for Tenaska Clear Creek
Tenaska signed a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Associated Electric, an electric generation and transmission co-operative based in Springfield, for the 236MW Tenaska Clear Creek wind energy facility, in February 2018.
The wind farm will utilise the existing transmission interconnections of Associated Electric, which provides wholesale electricity to six regional co-operatives including NW Electric Power Cooperative of Cameron, Missouri, and 51 local co-operatives in Missouri, south-east Iowa and north-east Oklahoma serving over 910,000 American households.
According to Associated Electric top officials, the PPA with Tenaska will secure long-term, fixed and competitively priced renewable energy for its members and serve as a buffer against anticipated fuel price hikes.
Socio-economic benefits of the wind power project
The Tenaska Clear Creek wind power project is expected to yield approximately $1.2m in the annual local tax revenue to the government.
The project is expected to generate approximately 200 jobs during the construction period and 15 full-time jobs during its operations.
It will also diversify land usage and provide stable incomes of up to $1.2m a yearto the landowners through lease payments.
Key players involved
Energy consulting firm Merrigan Energy Group is providing consulting services to Tenaska on the development, construction and operation of the Clear Creek wind power project.
The turbine supply contract for the wind farm is expected to be awarded to Danish wind turbine maker Vestas.