Wind energy: Iberdrola Renewables Announces 30-MW PPA with UMMPA

Iberdrola Renewables announced a 20-year contract to sell 30 MW from its Rugby Wind Power Project, an operating wind farm in Pierce County, North Dakota, to Upper Midwest Municipal Power Agency (UMMPA), a municipal joint action agency. UMMPA will provide the clean energy to 15 member communities in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota.

The 30 MW of Rugby’s output will enable UMMPA members to meet their state renewable energy requirements and make an abundant supply of green power available to retail consumers and businesses.

"Purchasing wind power from Iberdrola Renewables is a smart economical decision for us and our members," said Chuck Christensen, Chairperson of UMMPA. "We are purchasing a clean, renewable energy source, and locking in an affordable, long-term fixed rate for our members, which is so important in today’s energy markets."

The Rugby Wind Power Project’s 71 wind turbines generate 149 megawatts (MW) of clean, renewable energy. The project supports the local economy by contributing substantial revenue to the community through payments to Pierce County and to landowners, which together totals over $2 million annually. The project encompasses about 9,554 acres of land leased from 49 local landowners. The land continues to be used to grow corn, wheat, canola and sunflowers.

"Rugby is just one of our projects that can affordably deliver clean, renewable power to our customers," said Barrett Stambler, vice president of Iberdrola Renewables. "This 30 MW power purchase agreement will strongly support UMMPA’s continued efforts to bring clean energy to their members."

UMMPA also purchases renewable energy from a small wind farm located in Cashton, Wisconsin.

Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is the U.S. renewable energy division of parent company IBERDROLA, S.A., an energy pioneer with the largest renewable asset base of any company in the world. Iberdrola Renewables, LLC is headquartered in Portland, Oregon, and has over $9 billion of operating assets totaling more than 5,000 MW of wind and solar generation.