Reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible.” These words describe the commitment of City Utilities (CU) to provide electric generation resources to over 110,000 customers daily.
In recent years, the power generation industry has undergone, and continues to experience, a revolution not seen since gas streetlights were replaced with electric bulbs. As we enter a new era of power generation, CU leads the way for Public Power utilities across Missouri in the use of renewable energy resources.
In 2006, CU collaborated with the City of Springfield to collect methane gas produced from discarded by-products at the city landfill to generate electrical energy. The Noble Hill Renewable Energy Center now provides 3.2 megawatts of electricity.
City Utilities’ wind initiative began in 2000 with the Wind Current program paving the way for a contract in 2008 for 50 megawatts of wind energy from the Smoky Hills windfarm in Kansas. The success of both endeavors allowed CU to commit to a major project in Blackwell, Oklahoma. The recent addition of the Frontier Wind Project now provides up to 200 megawatts of clean renewable energy to CU and their customers.
In 2014, City Utilities added solar energy to its portfolio of locally-generated electricity with the completion of the CU Solar Farm, the largest solar farm in Missouri at that time. The 22,000 solar panels have a potential output of 4.95 megawatts of power, enough renewable energy to serve 900 average homes in CU’s service territory.
Most recently, Northstar and CU announced their partnership on a pilot utility-scale Energy Storage System to study the ability to supplement energy demand during times of peak usage. This new system is expected to be in service by September.
Collectively, these renewable energy projects have increased CU’s renewable portfolio from 10 percent to approximately 35 percent today.
City Utilities continues to demonstrate their commitment to find solutions that will benefit generations to come. On behalf of the Board of Public Utilities, we are confident that City Utilities will meet all future challenges to ensure reliable, affordable, and environmentally responsible electricity for their customers.