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EDPR NA, Cummins partner to expand Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex in Northern Indiana

CTBR Staff Writer Published 17 August 2017

Cummins has entered into a Virtual Power Purchase Agreement (VPPA) with EDP Renewables North America to expand a wind farm in Northern Indiana, US.

The expansion will see addition of 75MW of new power generating capacity to 600MW Meadow Lake Wind Farm complex, which is situated in the State of Indiana.

The new capacity will be enough to power approximately 20,000 average Indiana homes. 

Cummins worldwide environmental strategy and compliance executive director Brian Mormino said: “At Cummins, our strategy is to provide clean, fuel efficient and dependable power for our customers with the least environmental impact possible. Greenhouse gases are our largest impact, and we are currently working on our third facility greenhouse gas reduction goal since 2006. 

“As we explored ways to even further reduce these emissions, we learned we could add to the renewable energy market in our headquarters state. That led us to this partnership with EDP Renewables to add low-carbon energy capacity in Indiana that will benefit the environment and the community for a long time to come.”

In a VPPA, the wind farm owner sells the power into the broad power markets that feed the regional electric grid. The agreement with Cummins provides certainty that enables the project to move forward as it guarantees a fixed price for that electricity.  

Cummins Energy and Environment director Mark Dhennin said: “With all of our environmental sustainability goals, we want to maximize our impact. Our analysis showed that supporting wind power through a VPPA was the most cost effective way to achieve the greatest greenhouse gas reduction in Indiana.”

Headquartered in the US, Cummins is an American Fortune 500 corporation that designs, manufactures, and distributes engines, filtration, and power generation products.

Having a workforce of over 55400, the firm operates 600 facilities across 190 countries and specializes in service diesel and natural gas engines and related technologies, fuel systems, controls, air handling, filtration and emission solutions.