Little Rock, Ark. — Dec. 15, 2016 — Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) has acquired access to 173 megawatts of additional wind capacity from the Drift Sand Wind and the Chisholm View II projects in Oklahoma that began commercial operations this month.

The Drift Sand Wind Farm is located in Grady County, while the Chisholm View II Wind Farm is located in Grant and Garfield counties. The farms are owned and operated by Enel Green Power North America, Inc. and are expected to generate around 720 million kWh annually, which is the equivalent to the energy consumption needs of more than 58,000 U.S. households.

According to Duane Highley, president/CEO of AECC, the cooperative has always worked to add diverse resources, like wind, to its generation portfolio as fuel diversity helps stabilize energy prices for electric cooperative members. This wind facility along with AECC’s other wind agreements, three existing run-of-the-river hydroelectric generating stations and contracts for solar and biomass energy illustrate the cooperative’s long-standing commitment to a diverse portfolio that provides reliable and affordable electricity.

“Going back to the 1980s, AECC began investing in hydroelectric generation to provide more fuel diversity as a means to continue our mission of providing affordable and reliable wholesale power to Arkansas’ 17 local electric distribution cooperatives,” he said. “Over the past five years, AECC has secured long-term power purchase agreements for wind, solar and biomass capacity. We are continuing to evaluate new wholesale energy opportunities.”

The Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas comprise 17 electric distribution cooperatives; Arkansas Electric Cooperatives, Inc. (AECI), a Little Rock-based cooperative that provides services to the distribution cooperatives; and Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corp. (AECC), a generation and transmission cooperative. The distribution cooperatives provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas, 501.570.2296 or

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REC Disclaimer: AECC currently sells or plans to sell the Renewable Energy Credits associated with the electricity produced by the following: Carl S. Whillock Hydroelectric Generating Station, Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas Hydropower Generating Station and from facilities associated with power purchase agreements with Origin Wind Energy, Drift Sand Wind Project, Flat Ridge 2 Wind Energy and SR Camden. AECC does not claim that the electricity sold from these generation resources to its member cooperatives and others is “green,” “renewable,” “clean” or has any other environmental attribute.