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, nuclear, 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.
Over 54 percent of its generation portfolio is generated from emission and carbon-free resources minimizing the impact on the environment.
Summit Lake Station near Creston, Iowa. A wholly-owned facility by CIPCO has a capacity of approximately 84MW. The two combustion turbines at Summit Lake are equiped to burn eithr natural gas or fuel oil.
NextEra Energy Duane Arnold, Palo, IA, Iowa's only nuclear-fueled generating plant, The generating capacity is 625 MW, and CIPCO owns 20% of this plant. NextEra Energy Duane Arnold is operated by FPL Energy. This facility has been in operation since 1974.
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: Hancock County Wind Energy Center, Garner; Story County Wind Energy Center, Colo; Elk Wind Farm, Greeley; Hawkeye Wind Energy, Hawkeye; Rippey Wind Energy, Grand Junction; Pioneer Grove Wind, Mechanicsville.
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 five member sites; Osceola, Pella, Marshalltown, Urbana and Wilton, IA. A photovoltaic system of 5.5 MW generation capacity owned and operated by CIPCO. All sites completed construction and began production in 2016.
Additional Wind Energy - Locally produced wind energy is another source of power distributed to Farmers Electric Cooperative members.