Electricity & Environment

Electricity & Environment

Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative Electricity & The EnvironmentPlatte-Clay Electric Cooperative is part of a three-tiered system of nonprofit electric cooperatives that generate, distribute and sell electric service.

As part of a diversified mix of power sources, Platte-Clay’s electric power provider, Associated Electric Cooperative, Inc., (AECI) contracted to buy all of the wind power for 20 years from the first three wind farms in Missouri. The three northwest Missouri commercial wind farms, which became operational in 2007, were constructed by St. Louis-based Wind Capital Group, and financed by John Deere Wind Energy, a unit of Deere & Co.

To increase the amount of wind generated power, in 2011 Associated signed two long-term contracts: BP Wind Energy’s Flat Ridge 2 farm in south-central Kansas for 300 megawatts and Wind Capital Group’s Osage County wind farm in northeast Oklahoma for 150 MW.  Today, AECI now supplies 750 MW of wind-generated energy to rural electric cooperative members.

In 2006, Platte-Clay initiated an Energy Management Plan to focus on helping members save energy, and thus reducing members’ energy costs. From time to time, the annual Youth Tour essay topics focuses on teaching high school juniors the importance of saving energy.

In the spring of 2008, AECI rolled out an energy conservation plan called Take Control & Save that provides rebate incentives to co-op members who buy Energy Star-rated appliances and who install geothermal or dual fuel heat pumps. The program is administered through Platte-Clay as part of the co-op’s Energy Management Plan.

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Cooperative Environmental Policy

As a consumer-owned utility, Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative Inc. (PCEC) is committed to a meaningful dialogue with our members concerning the protection of the environment. PCEC will provide affordable, reliable electricity for its customers and also be a good steward of our shared environment. In furtherance of the foregoing, PCEC will:

  • Comply with environmental laws and regulations that apply to our operations
  • Seek regular member input regarding environmental issues and share such views with N-W Electric and Associated Electric Cooperative (AECI) (Platte-Clay’s generation and transmission cooperative partners)
  • Consider environmental factors in planning and managing our business
  • Periodically evaluate our environmental goals and policies

Platte-Clay will be a good member of the community in connection with environmental matters. We hope that our members and affiliates will join us in this effort.

(Reviewed and reaffirmed 2007)

 

Environmental Responsibility

Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative encourages its members to be responsible with all types of energy used and to take simple, yet effective measures to help save energy, and costs, through the co-op’s ongoing Energy Management Plan.

The cooperative has a recycling and hazardous waste program for paper, aluminum, electronics and fluorescent lights.

As a service to co-op members, Platte-Clay accepts exhausted compact fluorescent lights (CFLs) from residential (only) members, carefully double-wrapped in a plastic bag, for proper disposal.

Platte-Clay’s power producer, Associated Electric Cooperative Inc. (AECI), committed to buy renewable energy from the first three commercial wind farms in Missouri. The utility-scale wind farms were built by St. Louis-based Wind Energy Group and financed by John Deere Wind Energy Group, a division of Deere & Co. The power co-op has a 20-year contract for the renewable resource.

The wind farms, located in Atchison County, near Tarkio; Gentry County, near King City; and Conception, in Nodaway County will produce enough renewable energy for 45,000 rural electric cooperative homes. Two of the wind farms have 24 Suzlon S-88, 2.1 megawatt turbines, the Bluegrass Ridge wind farm, near King City, has 27 units that together are capable of producing 157 megawatts.

In 2011, AECI contracted to buy 300 MW of power from BP Wind Energy’s Flat Ridge 2 farm and Wind Capital Group’s Osage County wind farm, for a total of 750 MW of wind-generated energy.

The cooperative system built additional transmission lines to the rural wind farms.

Platte-Clay’s power producer follows these core beliefs:

  • Associated is a responsible corporate citizen and will be in environmental compliance.
  • Environmental standards will be incorporated into corporate culture.
  • There will be transparency in operations and the implementation of this policy.
  • Associated is committed to good stewardship of natural resources and using those resources in an environmentally responsible manner and as efficiently as possible consistent with being a low-cost and reliable electric supplier.
  • Participation in environmental policy debates is critical to balancing environmental policy with economic reality.
  • Environmental impact will be included in Associated’s planning process.
 

Electromagnetic Fields

Humans are constantly exposed to electric and magnetic fields, the invisible lines of force associated with motors and heating coils in electronic equipment, home wiring and lighting. EMF also is associated with the production, transmission and use of electric power.

The National Institute of Health studies say that “no one knows which aspect of EMF exposure, if any, affects human health.” Two decades of research have not determined a cause-and-effect between EMF from power lines and common, widespread diseases including cancer or leukemia.

For more information on the EMF and EMF studies, please see the National Institute of Health’s website, www.nih.gov, or the World Health Organization’s site, www.who.int