Wind power in Missouri

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Missouri 80-Meter Wind Resource Map

Wind power in Missouri has an install capacity of 959 MW from 499 turbines, as of 2016.[1] This provided 1.29% of the state's electricity production.[2] Missouri's total wind generation potential 340 GW.[1]

Installed Capacity[edit]

As of 2016, Missouri had 959 MW of installed capacity, all installed in the north-west corner of the state.[1] At least six wind farms were developed by Wind Capital Group between 2006 and 2009. As of 2017, the largest wind farm in the state came online, the 300 MW Rock Creek Wind Farm in Atchison County.[3]

Northwest Missouri is considered the windiest portion of the state and clips the windiest portion of the country which is known as Tornado Alley.

Project County City Turbines Nominal Power (Mw) Commissioned Notes
Bluegrass Ridge wind energy project Gentry King City 27 56.7 2008 [4] Developed by Wind Capital Group (now owned by Exelon). Wind Capital's founder is Tom Carnahan, son of Missouri Governor Mel Carnahan and U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan
Conception Wind Project Nodaway Conception 24 50.4 2008 [5] Developed by Wind Capital Group (now owned by Exelon)
Cow Branch Wind Energy Center Atchison Rockport 24 50.4 2008 [6] Developed by Wind Capital Group (now owned by Exelon)
Farmers City Atchison Westboro 73 146.0 2009 [7] Owned by and developed by Iberdrola Renovables.
Loess Hills Wind Energy Center Atchison Rockport 4 5.0 2008 First city in US to get its total power from wind.[8] Developed by Wind Capital Group (now owned by Exelon)
Lost Creek Ridge Wind Farm DeKalb Union Star 100 150.0 2011 [9] Developed by Wind Capital Group and later sold to Pattern Energy.
Osborn Dekalb Osborn 88 176.0 2016 [10] Developed and owned by NextEra Energy.
Rock Creek Atchison York 150 300.0 2017 Largest in Missouri and cost $500 Million[11] Owned and developed by Enel Green Power (after acquisition in 2019 of Kansas-based Tradewind Energy).[12][12]

Transmission Capacity[edit]

There have been several attempts at getting regulatory approval of transmission lines to carry wind power, either to the load centers of Missouri, or through Missouri, from major wind power producers in the Great Plains states to load centers further east.



Planned Growth[edit]

In October 2017, the Empire District Electric Company proposed installing 500 MW of wind turbines in Jasper, Barton, Dade, and Lawrence counties.[20][21][22]

In May 2018, Ameren has announced plans to construct a 175 turbine, 400 MW wind farm in Adair and Schuyler counties.[23] Construction is expected to being in 2019, with the project coming online in 2020.

In February 2019, E.ON announced plans for a 150 MW wind farm northwest of Columbia, Missouri in rural Boone County.[24]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Wind Energy in Missouri" (PDF). AWEA. American Wind Energy Association. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Wind Energy in Missouri". WINDExchange. Department of Energy. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  3. ^ Dornbrook, James (15 November 2017). "Now online: Giant Missouri wind farm that can power 100,000 homes, supplies KC". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  4. ^ "Bluegrass Ridge wind energy project (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  5. ^ "Conception Wind Project (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  6. ^ "Cow Branch Wind Energy Center (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  7. ^ "Farmers City (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  8. ^ "Loess Hills Wind Energy Center (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  9. ^ "Lost Creek Ridge Wind Farm (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  10. ^ "Osborn Wind Energy (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  11. ^ "Rock Creek (USA) - Wind farms - Online access - The Wind Power".
  12. ^ a b "White Cloud Wind Project, a new wind farm in Missouri providing renewable energy to AECI".
  13. ^ "Midwest Transmission Project".
  14. ^ Szatala, Ashley (21 May 2018). "Ameren plans state's largest wind farm in Northeast Missouri". Herald-Whig. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  15. ^ Taylor, Jason (4 April 2018). "Missouri Supreme Court hears case on future of massive wind energy transmission line". Missourinet. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  16. ^ a b Lieb, David (3 April 2018). "Ex-Missouri Governor Urges Court to Allow Wind-Energy Line". US News & World Report. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  17. ^ Eckhouse, Brian (16 August 2017). "Missouri Nixes $2.5 Billion Line to Bring Wind Power to the Midwest". Bloomberg. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  18. ^ Lieb, David (16 August 2017). "Missouri regulators reject massive Midwest wind power line". Seattle Times. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  19. ^ Walton, Robert (28 February 2018). "Grain Belt Express transmission project heads to Missouri Supreme Court". Utility Dive. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  20. ^ Larimore, Jordan (31 October 2017). "UPDATED: Empire plans pivot to wind energy generation". Joplin Globe. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  21. ^ Froese, Michelle (1 November 2017). "Empire District Electric proposes 800 MW of new wind power". Wind Power Engineering & Development. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  22. ^ McNary, James (8 November 2017). "Empire District hopes answer is blowing in the wind". Lawrence County Record. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  23. ^ Chen, Eli (21 May 2018). "Ameren plans to build a large network of wind turbines in northeast Missouri". St Louis Public Radio. Retrieved 22 May 2018.
  24. ^ Shaw, Abigail E. "Wind farm planned for northwest Boone County". Columbia Missourian. Retrieved 23 February 2019.

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