Winds across the Illinois plains are now blowing clean, renewable energy into the Tennessee Valley Authority service region.
The Authority – a corporation owned by the U.S. Government – has begun transmitting 300 megawatts of renewable wind power to its customers received from Iberdrola Renewables’ Streator Cayuga Ridge wind park in Livingston County, Illinois.
It marks the first delivery under seven contracts TVA recently signed to purchase up to 1,380 megawatts of renewable wind energy from the Midwest. It’s the largest of the TVA’s wind-power contracts, which altogether may provide enough electricity for about 325,000 homes in their seven-state service region.
Senior vice president for the Tennesee Valley Authority John Trawick says the new wind-power source is an important milestone in the Authority’s plans to expand their clean and renewable energy options.