Ameren Missouri can move ahead with its plans for the 299-MW Outlaw Wind Project, Missouri regulators said Aug. 15.
The Missouri Public Service Commission voted 5-0 to approve a stipulation and agreement calling for the Ameren Corp. subsidiary to get a certificate of public convenience and necessity for the wind farm to be built in Atchison County, Mo. A written order was not immediately available.
The company, known legally as Union Electric Co., plans to acquire the Outlaw wind project from Enel SpA subsidiary Enel Kansas LLC upon completion under a build-transfer agreement. Ameren Missouri asked the commission in May to approve its plan for the project.
In July, Ameren Missouri, Renew Missouri Advocates, the Missouri Department of Economic Development – Division of Energy, and the Missouri Department of Conservation filed the stipulation and agreement. The stipulation calls for approving Ameren Missouri's request for a certificate to build and own the wind farm under the build-transfer agreement and for the company to take certain measures to prevent environmental and wildlife impacts.
These conditions include protections to eagle nest trees and for Ameren Missouri and the state Department of Conservation to come to an agreement on a pilot study to evaluate the effectiveness of informed curtailment technology to minimize raptor collisions using some of the project's turbines.
The Outlaw wind project will help Ameren Missouri comply with the Missouri Renewable Energy Standard. The standard's portfolio requirement increases from 10% to 15% of the company's retail energy sales by 2021, the company said in its application to the commission. Construction is expected to begin in October, and the project is scheduled to begin operating in 2020. (Missouri PSC Case No. EA-2019-0181)