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Coal-heavy Missouri utility gets OK to move ahead with 400MW wind farm

St. Louis Post-Dispatch:

A proposed wind farm that Ameren has said would be the largest in Missouri cleared a key regulatory hurdle Wednesday when state officials at the Public Service Commission approved the agreement to build the facility.

The 400-megawatt High Prairie Wind Farm would be in Schuyler and Adair counties, in northeastern Missouri. Initially announced in May, Ameren said the project represented the company’s “first major step” toward meeting renewable energy goals it made in late 2017 that aim to have wind power account for about 10 percent of its electricity generation by the end of 2020. The vast majority of the company’s generation currently comes from coal and nuclear power.

Ameren said in a statement that “more milestones remain for the northeast Missouri facility,” such as “obtaining a timely and acceptable” agreement on transmission interconnection with the Midcontinent Independent System Operator, or MISO — the regional manager of the electric grid.

Earlier this week, the utility said it had reached a separate agreement to develop another wind farm in Atchison County, in northwest Missouri. That 157-megawatt project is expected to be operational in 2020.

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