Ameren Missouri, a subsidiary of US power company Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE), has mutually agreed with EDF Renewables Inc to cancel the development of an up-to-157-MW wind farm in Atchison County, Missouri.
"Significant upgrades would have been required on the transmission system to accommodate this project, leading to unacceptably high costs,” Michael Moehn, chairman and president of Ameren Missouri, explained in a statement.
The company, though, said it is still strongly committed to building an up-to-400-MW wind farm in Adair and Schuyler counties, for which a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity (CCN) was approved in October 2018, and an up-to-300-MW facility in Atchison County, which is pending clearance from the Missouri Public Service Commission (PSC).
Ameren Missouri hopes to build those wind parks by the end of next year. The two projects represent an investment of about USD 1.2 billion (EUR 1.08bn), it said, adding that final interconnection agreements are expected to be signed in the autumn.
The company also intends to add 50 MW of solar generation by 2025 and achieve a total increase of 100 MW by 2027. At the same time, it will work to cut carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions 35% by 2030, 50% by 2040 and 80% by 2050, based on 2005 levels. More than half of its coal-fired generation capacity is also planned to be retired in the next 20 years.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.899)
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