Enel, through its US renewable subsidiary Enel Green Power North America, has begun operating a 199 MW expansion of the Cimarron Bend wind farm in Clark County, Kansas, making the overall 599 MW facility the largest renewable plant owned by the Enel Group currently in operation worldwide. The 236.5 MW White Cloud wind farm also began operations in Nodaway County, Missouri. The two wind farms bring Enel’s total renewable capacity added in 2020 across the US and Canada to 865 MW. The investment in the construction of White Cloud amounts to around 380 million US dollars, while that of the Cimarron Bend expansion amounts to over 281 million US dollars.
The start of operations at the Cimarron Bend expansion, on which construction began in the second quarter of 2020, further cements Enel Green Power’s status as the largest wind operator in Kansas by managed capacity. The overall 599 MW facility is expected to generate a total of more than 2.7 TWh per year, equivalent to avoiding around 1.7 million tons of CO2 emissions. Enel will sell the facility’s energy output through a 150 MW power purchase agreement with Evergy, an investor-owned utility based in Kansas City in Missouri and a 30 MW PPA with the Missouri Joint Municipal Electric Utility Commission, a joint action agency of the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.
White Cloud, on which construction began in summer 2019, is due to generate around 950 GWh annually while avoiding the emission of more than 621,000 tons of CO2 per year. Enel Green Power North America signed a PPA with Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI) in which the Springfield (Missouri)-based electric cooperative will purchase the entire energy output from the plant.
In Missouri, Enel also operates the 300 MW Rock Creek wind farm in Atchison County which sells its entire output to Evergy.