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C O M M E N T S
“Devoted to the rural
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The wonders of wind
Volume 65 / Number 6
Five wind farms now add to Missouri electric co-op power mix
ind is playing an increasingly larger role in generating the electricity used
by electric cooperative
members in Missouri.
Members of electric co-ops who are
served by Associated Electric Cooperative are the beneficiaries of wind
power generated by five wind farms in
Missouri and Kansas. A sixth project
located in Oklahoma is expected to add
considerably to the mix soon.
On Feb. 10, the five projects set a
new record for aggregate wind power
production. During one hour, they
reached 570 megawatts of electricity.
That same day, the five wind farms
— Bluegrass Ridge and Lost Creek at
King City, Conception in Nodaway
County, Cow Branch at Rock Port and
Flat Ridge near Kiowa, Kan. — produced 12 gigawatt-hours of electricity.
photo by Kyle Spradley
To put that in perspective, the power
generated that day equals the amount
Missouri Department of Natural Resources Division of Energy staff got a look at wind
of energy 822 average-sized, single-fampower during a recent tour. From left are: Fred Bricker with Wind Capital Group and
ily homes would use in a year.
DNR employees Llona Weiss, Steve McQuitty, Andy Popp, Adam Bickford, Jay Atkins
Wabash Valley Electric, which
and Byron Murray. Also on the tour was Mary Ann Young and Kay Johannpeter.
provides power for Citizens Electric,
ated contracted for 300 megawatts from this project.
also has 40 megawatts of wind power in its portfolio.
When it begins operation, the next wind farm to supAssociated Electric Cooperative made commercial-scale
ply electric cooperatives on the Associated system will be a
wind power in Missouri a reality when it agreed to buy the
more modest 150 megawatts from 94 turbines. The Osage
entire output of the Bluegrass Ridge Wind Farm, which
Wind Farm is expected to come online in 2014.
became operational in 2007. The Conception and Cow
At that point, wind will potentially provide the equivaBranch wind farms increased the total megawatts contractlent of the energy needed to power 181,000 member
ed to 150 when those wind farms began commercial operahouseholds, taking into account the intermittent nature of
tion in 2008.
wind and the varying ways members use electricity.
The Lost Creek project, which came online in 2010,
Wind power — supplemented by fuel-based generation
doubled that total. Continuing the trend toward larger
to ensure reliability — is an important component of the
projects, the Kansas-based Flat Ridge 2 Wind Farm began
electric cooperative generation mix.
its operation at the end of 2012 with 194 turbines. Associ-
Jim McCarty, editor
Jason Jenkins, managing editor
Heather Berry, associate editor
Kyle Spradley, field editor
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Mary Davis, production manager
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New managers at Ozark, Intercounty
wo Missouri electric cooperatives have new managers. Pat Oehlschlager takes the helm at Ozark
Electric Cooperative, while Aaron Bradshaw is the
new CEO of Intercounty Electric Cooperative.
Oehlschlager is no stranger to Ozark Electric’s staff. He
has worked at the Mount Vernon-based cooperative since
1994, most recently as its manager of member services. He
also has served the cooperative as dispatcher,
operations clerk and
staking engineer/legislative coordinator.
A graduate of Mount
Vernon High School,
he also is a graduate of
North Central College in
His family includes
his wife, Jessicca, son
Payton and daughters
Sidney and Emma.
Pat Prewitt, who retired
after a 37-year-career
with electric co-ops in
Ozark Electric Co-op
Missouri and Arkansas, including 31 years at Ozark Electric.
Intercounty Electric Cooperative’s board announced the
selection of Bradshaw Feb. 6. He replaces Jack Rinne, who
filled in as interim general manager after Dewayne Cartright left to fill a management position at Berkeley Electric
Cooperative in South Carolina.
Bradshaw comes to Intercounty from Choctawhatchee
Electric Cooperative in
DeFuniak Springs, Fla.,
where he was vice president of member services.
He worked for the Florida co-op for 12 years.
He is a graduate of the
University of Mississippi,
where he earned a
bachelor of business
He and his wife,
Donna, have one
daughter named Harper.
cooperatives wish the
new managers all the
Intercounty Electric Co-op
best in their new roles.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Missouri - June 2013
Rural Missouri - June 2013
Table of Contents
Back to the land
Full steam ahead
Out of the Way Eats
Where shall I thee wed?
Missouri Snapshots contest
Hearth and Home
Missouri’s forgotten war
Plant during summer’s sizzle
Rural Missouri - June 2013