Where does the power come from?
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO) is a generation and transmission cooperative supplying power to its member distribution cooperatives of which Farmers Electric Cooperative, Inc. is a member.
CIPCO is a state-of-the-art energy provider, meeting the needs of their members with a diverse fuel mix of coal, hydro, wind, natural gas, and oil energy resources. As a generation and transmission cooperative, CIPCO continues to invest in new technology and renewable energy production, supporting Iowa's development of renewable energy resources. Through these types of programs, CIPCO supports Iowa's development of renewable energy resources.
Summit Lake Station near Creston, Iowa. A wholly-owned facility by CIPCO has a capacity of approximately 100MW. Three natural gas reciprocating engines to assist during peak energy use.
Walter Scott, Jr. #3 & #4, Council Bluffs, IA, two coal-based plants co-owned with Mid-American Energy.Walter Scott, Jr. #3, is a 690 MW plant and CIPCO owns 11.5% share. Walter Scott, Jr. #4, placed in service June 1, 2007, is a 790 MW facility. This facility is the first plant of its kind in the nation to employ advanced “supercritical” technology that produces steam at higher pressures and temperatures requiring less fuel to generate each megawatt-hour of electricity. CIPCO’s ownership is 9.5% of this facility.
Louisa Generating Station is located near Muscatine, Iowa. CIPCO owns 4.6% of this coal-fueled 745 MW generating plant.
Wind: Elk Wind Farm, Greeley; Hawkeye Wind Energy, Hawkeye; Rippey Wind Energy, Grand Junction; Pioneer Grove Wind, Mechanicsville, HZ Wind, Nevada, Heartland Divide Wind Energy, Audubon. Hydroelectric: Purchases through Western Area Power Administration
Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Marion, IA owns and operates this 1.6 MW landfill gas-to-energy system. This process captures methane eliminating its release into the environment. The methane is used to produce electricity. This unit began production in late 2013 and CIPCO’s purchase power contract is for the entire output of the facility.
Utility Scale Solar Project, located on six member sites; Osceola, Pella, Marshalltown, Urbana, Wilton and Corning, IA. A photovoltaic system of 6.4 MW generation capacity owned and operated by CIPCO. All sites completed construction and began production in 2016-2017.
Wapello Solar, located near Wapello Iowa, is owned and operated by Clenera, purchase power contract with generation capacity of 100 MW.
Additional Wind Energy - Locally produced wind energy is another source of power distributed to Farmers Electric Cooperative members.
CIPCO’s purchase power agreement for Wapello Solar LLC locks in stable, long-term pricing and avoids the risks associated with rising fuel costs. Renewable energy credits (RECs) are not included in this agreement.
CIPCO invests in the development of renewable energy projects in several ways. We operate six small-scale solar arrays near communities we serve and retain the renewable energy credits associated with each. We also contract with energy producers for the electricity output from wind, hydro, and methane gas from a landfill (converted into electricity). CIPCO cannot claim these resources as renewable within our supply portfolio as we have either sold to third parties or do not receive the renewable attributes associated with the electricity produced from these renewable power sources. By selling these attributes (RECs), we not only support other organizations in meeting their renewable energy goals, we also generate revenue to help us lower our wholesale power rate to our 12 Member-owner distribution cooperatives and 15 municipalities.
Wind assets indicated on map do not include wind facilities with capacity of less than 2 MW.