GENERATION AND TRANSMISSION
Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), based in Cedar Rapids, is Iowa's largest cooperative energy provider. In operation since 1946, CIPCO generates and transmitts electricity to 13 member-owned electric cooperatives and associations, including Consumers Energy. These cooperatives distribute the power to populations of nearly 300,000 member-owners located in 58 of Iowa's 99 counties. The service territory stretches 300 miles diagonally across Iowa, with over 300 member substations and delivery points. To learn more about CIPCO, visit www.cipco.net.
CIPCO MEMBER SYSTEMS & GENERATION FACILITIES
1 Western Area Power Administration (Hydro)
2 Elk Wind Farm, Greeley (Wind)
3 Hawkeye Wind Farm, Hawkeye (Wind)
4 Rippey Wind Farm, Grand Junction (Wind)
5 Pioneer Grove Wind Farm, Mechanicsville (Wind)
6 HZ Wind, Nevada (Wind)
7 Summit Lake Generating Plant, Creston (Natural Gas)
8 Louisa Generating Station, Muscatine (Coal)
9 Walter Scott, Jr. Energy Center #3 & #4, Council Bluffs (Coal)
10 Linn County Solid Waste Agency, Marion (Landfill Gas)
11-16 Solar Sites: Osceola, Pella, Marshalltown, Urbana, Wilton, and Corning
17 Heartland Divide Wind Energy Center, Audubon (Wind)
18 Wapello Solar, Wapello (Solar)
19 Independence Wind Energy, Ryan (Wind)
CIPCO’s purchase power agreement for Wapello Solar LLC locks in stable, long-term pricing and avoids the risks associated with rising fuel costs. Renewable energy certificates (RECs) are not included in this agreement.
CIPCO invests in the development of renewable energy projects in several ways. We operate six small-scale solar arrays near communities we serve and retain the renewable energy certificates associated with each. We also contract with energy producers for the electricity output from wind, hydro, and methane gas from a landfill (converted into electricity). CIPCO cannot claim these resources as renewable within our supply portfolio as we have either sold to third parties or do not receive the renewable attributes associated with the electricity produced from these renewable power sources. By selling these attributes (RECs), we not only support other organizations in meeting their renewable energy goals, we also generate revenue to help us lower our wholesale power rate to our 12 Member-owner distribution cooperatives and 15 municipalities.
A percentage of market purchases exist within the portfolio to meet additional supply needs not covered by existing contracts or CIPCO-produced generation. Weather volatility and unplanned operational events at power plants may also impact market purchases.