Ameren Missouri working towards eliminating carbon emissions with new wind farm

Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 6:32 PM CDT
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QUEEN CITY, Missouri (KYOU) - In December of 2020, Ameren Missouri acquired its first wind energy center. On Thursday, the electric company showed off its latest effort in their quest towards zero carbon emissions on Thursday.

The center employs 175 turbines that spans over 60,000 acres of land. It’s the largest wind farm in the state of Missouri.

“This is really a showcase project for us. We wanted to ensure all of our customers, as well as all stakeholders, understand the technology,” said Ajay Arora, the chief renewable energy officer at Ameren.

Arora played a role in placing each turbine in a way that would maximize its energy production. These state-of-the-art turbines have the ability to read wind direction and turn on their own, which helps them to boost their own production.

“The good thing about this site is that the wind is pretty predictable, not only in the speed, but also the direction. So over time, the turbines can know what they might even expect from the wind,” Arora said.

The High Prairie Renewable Energy Center alone generates 400 megawatts of clean energy. That’s enough to power 120,000 homes. This project is just one step towards Ameren’s goal of reaching zero carbon emissions by the year 2050.

“Ensuring a carbon free future is what we have signed up for. And wind and solar energy are a big part of that,” Arora explained.

Arora says the company would need 5,400 megawatts of power to reach their goal by 2050.

The 400 megawatt site at High Prairie gets them almost 10% of that. Ameren hopes to be running on 50% clean energy by 2030.

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