Ameren to purchase wind power

Thursday, June 18, 2009 | 12:03 p.m. CDT; updated 8:32 p.m. CDT, Thursday, June 18, 2009

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis-based utility Ameren Corp. is purchasing wind power for the first time.

Representatives for the utility said Thursday it has signed an agreement to buy 102 megawatts of wind power from phase II of Horizon Wind Energy's Pioneer Prairie Wind Farm in Iowa. Ameren officials said that's enough energy to power 26,000 households.

Warner Baxter, Ameren president and chief executive officer, called the move "a significant first step" toward diversifying the utility's fuel mix and demonstrating its commitment to environmental stewardship.

The 15-year agreement begins Sept. 1. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Ameren serves about 2.4 million electrical customers and about 1 million natural gas customers in Missouri and Illinois.


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