Pure News Summer 2013

Pure News, Summer 2013

In This Issue

01 Farmer’s City Profile
02 Spotlight on Big Sky Cafe
03 Pure Perk
04 Creve Coeur Challenge
05 2012 Program Numbers
06 New Lower Price!

 

Over four years of wind harvest at Farmers City

Economic and environmental benefits accrue at Pure Power-supported wind farm

More than four years after the Farmers City Wind Farm began harvesting Atchison County’s world-class wind resource in northwestern Missouri, the local economy and environment continue to reap the benefits – as do customers of Ameren Missouri’s voluntary Pure Power program.

Relying on 73 towering Gamesa wind turbines scattered across 14,000 acres of still-productive agricultural land near the town of Tarkio, the project’s 146 MW of generating capacity produce enough clean, locally sourced renewable power to cover the electricity needs of 33,000 average homes in Missouri each year. Farmers City – the second-largest wind farm in the state – is the sole source of renewable energy certificates purchased by Pure Power customers. Farmers City has generated millions of dollars in economic benefits since commencing commercial operation in April 2009. This includes an estimated $600,000 to $1,000,000 in annual county tax revenues used to fund essential community needs such as roads, schools and other services. Additionally, the project contributes approximately $365,000 in lease payments a year to 44 Atchison County landowners located within the project’s boundaries, providing a stable source of income to farmers coping with frequently volatile commodity prices. Moreover, since the turbines themselves occupy less than 1 percent of the project’s total acreage, the farmers continue to grow soybeans and corn on the vast majority of the land.

Developed and owned by Iberdrola Renewables, Farmers City was built largely between May 2008 and March 2009, creating about 150 jobs at peak construction and employing an average workforce of 100 over the course of construction. Since coming online, Iberdrola continues to employ a small operation and maintenance crew onsite.

Farmers City is one of several major wind farms clustered in the northwestern corner of Missouri, home of the state’s best wind resources – which are ranked 14th overall in the United States by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). If fully built out, the state’s wind resources theoretically could provide more than nine-times its current electricity demand, according to NREL.

According to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), Missouri’s existing wind farms possess a combined generating capacity of 459 MW and collectively produce enough renewable energy to power approximately 110,000 average homes. This wind power will avoid 780,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide annually, estimates AWEA. Despite uncertainty over federal tax credits for wind energy production that has slowed the sector’s growth in 2013, another 2,250 MW of projects are in the development queue in Missouri.

Based on the trade group’s most current data, annual property tax payments from Missouri’s wind project owners contribute more than $2.6 million into local economies, while annual land lease payments tally over $1.2 million. Moreover, the state’s wind energy industry supports up to 2,000 jobs at approximately a dozen turbine component manufacturers across the state, such as Emerson Electric Co. and Zoltek in St. Louis and Milbank Manufacturing in Kansas City.

Supported by Pure Power customers, Farmers City Wind Farm is leading the way in beginning to tap the state’s vast potential for harnessing its homegrown wind energy resource – and all of the associated environmental and economic benefits.

 

Business Spotlight: Big City Cafe

A community minded and sustainable business

All Great Restaurants, including Big Sky Café in Webster Groves’ Old Orchard area and Remy’s in Clayton, has been an Ameren Missouri Pure Power Gold Leader since 2010. This means they’ve matched 20% of the electricity use with Renewable Energy Certificates through the Pure Power program. All Great Restaurants’ commitment to clean, sustainable energy, initially assisted the City of Clayton in becoming the 1st EPA Green Power Community in Missouri. Today, Big Sky Café’s continued commitment is countable towards the goal for Webster Groves – home to Pure Power’s next EPA Green Power Community Challenge.

Long before eating local and sustainable was in vogue, Big Sky Café was dedicated to making the world a better place to eat and live. In short, sustainability is part of their core business practices. Ingredients are locally sourced and naturally raised; organic waste is composted; and every imaginable item is recycled from plastic to wine corks – even used vegetable oil from the kitchen is re-vitalized at Kelley Green Bio-Fuel. In addition to renewable energy, Big Sky Café precious resource: water. They offer water only to those patrons that request it and donate funds to charitywater.org.

Big Sky Café sets an example for local businesses that want to make a positive impact on their community and surrounding environment. The Pure Power program is proud to include them in the ranks of Ameren Missouri businesses supporting our state’s wind industry. Thank you, Big Sky Café!

 


Big Sky Café is located at 47 S. Old Orchard in Webster Groves. Lunch is served Tuesday – Friday, 11:30AM – 2:30PM and Dinner Tuesday – Sunday starting at 5PM with live music on Fridays 7:30 – 9:30PM.

 

Creve Coeur becomes a Green Power Community

Missouri’s second Green Power Community celebrates

 

Power Community (GPC), a designation awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. To obtain this designation, cities must meet a renewable energy usage goal set by the EPA based on the community’s size and energy consumption. For Creve Coeur 3% of its energy needed to come from clean power.

This milestone was achieved after a year-long effort led by city leadership, Microgrid Solar and, of course, Pure Power participants. At a celebration in late June, the EPA presented the city with the award and street signs that will be placed around Creve Coeur showing off the new status. Congratulations Creve Coeur!

Like all community challenges, the true goal is to educate citizens about renewable energy options to encourage support and demand for renewable energy in an effort to reduce our collective carbon footprint. Now that Creve Coeur has success, the Pure Power team is setting its sights on a third GPC for Missouri: Webster Groves! We’ll report more on the Webster Groves challenge in future newsletters and on our Facebook page.

Pure Power by the numbers

+ 88,510 megawatt hours of 100% Missouri Wind Power purchased + 62,449 tons of CO2 were saved from the atmosphere + Similar to taking 12,244 cars from the road or not driving 140,680,715 miles!

Lower Price!

Thanks to the support of Pure Power customers, effective May 1, 2013, the price for Pure Power was reduced from 1.5c per kWh to 1.0c per KWh. For complete terms and conditions please visit amerenmissouri.com/purepower.

 

About Pure Power

Ameren Missouri Pure Power is an easy, affordable way to have a positive impact on the environment today—and every day. Pure Power allows Ameren Missouri customers to choose to support local renewable energy, like wind power, by purchasing Renewable Energy Credits (RECs).

 

Build on your commitment to sustainability

Pure Power isn’t the only program Ameren Missouri offers to help you sustain a greener lifestyle. The energy efficiency program, ActOnEnergy.com, helps empower customers through programs, rebates, tools, and resources so you can better manage your energy usage and utility bills. Act On Energy is the largest portfolio of residential and business energy efficiency programs in Missouri’s history. From instant rebates on CFLs, to FREE refrigerator/freezer recycling, to rebates on energy efficient air conditioners, ActOnEnergy.com helps you save – without sacrificing comfort!

 

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