Wabash Valley Power to supply renewable energy to facility
Wabash Valley Power Association (WVPA) will supply the renewable energy credits necessary to fulfill the state of Indiana’s “Hoosier Homegrown Energy Plan.”
The plan calls for state government facilities located in Indianapolis to purchase 10 percent of their consumption from Indiana-generated renewable energy by 2010. Lt. Governor Becky Skillman announced that the Indiana Department of Administration will begin to purchase seven percent of the electric consumption from renewable energy sources.
While that electricity will be delivered to the facilities by local electric utility Indianapolis Power and Light (IPL), it will be produced by WVPA, a primary source for renewable energy produced within the state of Indiana. IPL will buy Renewable Energy Credits from WVPA.
Wabash Valley Power owns 8 landfill gas generation plants in Indiana, each of which can produce approximately 3.2 megawatts of electricity. Two additional plants are currently under construction and are scheduled to go on-line by the end of the year. Gas is piped from vents in the landfills to large Caterpillar engines, where it is burned to generate electricity. Members of co-ops served by WVPA can purchase the environmentally friendly energy credits through the EnviroWatts® program.
“Since 1999, Wabash Valley Power has steadily increased its renewable generation resources, thanks in large part to our landfill gas partnership with Waste Management, Inc.,” said Rick Coons, CEO of Wabash Valley Power Association.
According to the Lt. Governor’s office, this purchase of renewable energy credits will create a reduction in emissions equivalent to removing 1,582 cars from the road, or planting 2,445 acres of trees.