29-turbine wind farm to produce capacity by 2020

Little Rock, Ark. — June 6, 2018 — Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) of Little Rock has entered into a 20-year power purchase agreement with Wildhorse Wind Energy, LLC, which is owned by Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, to purchase up to 100 megawatts of energy that will be produced by the Wildhorse Mountain Wind Facility in Pushmataha County, Okla.

“Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation (AECC) works on behalf of more than 500,000 electric cooperative members to add resources, like the 100 megawatts of capacity from Wildhorse Mountain Wind Facility, to its generation portfolio,” said Duane Highley, president/CEO of AECC. “This wind facility along with AECC’s diverse, reliable generation portfolio provides energy at the lowest possible cost to our members.”

Located in Pushmataha County, the 100-MW project is expected to consist of 29 wind turbines manufactured by Vestas. Roaring Fork Wind, a co-development partnership between Renewable Energy Systems Americas Inc. (RES) and Vestas, developed the project, and RES will provide the balance of plant construction of the facility. Wildhorse Mountain is expected to reach commercial operation in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, a generation and transmission cooperative, provides wholesale power to Arkansas’ 17 electric distribution cooperatives that provide electricity to approximately 500,000 homes, farms and businesses in Arkansas and surrounding states.

For additional information, contact:
Rob Roedel, Arkansas Electric Cooperative Corporation, 501.570.2296 or rob.roedel@aecc.com