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"Making sure our power
generation activities
safeguard air, water
and land is a big
responsibility. Our track
record shows Associated
delivers meaningful
results members can be
proud of."

Cow Branch Wind Farm helps diversify energy sources

- Brent Ross, Associated's
managing director of
environmental, health and safety

photo courtesy Associated Electric Cooperative

changing land, air and water regulations is an ongoing
priority.
	 "We understand how important our environment is to
everyone we serve, so making a difference with measurable
results is what we strive for each day," Ross said.

	 Today, the land features ponds that provide opportunities for fishing, habitat for wildlife, woodlands that provide
shelter for many species, land leased to neighboring farmers for pasture, soil and crop research and planted habitat
for Monarchs and other pollinators.

Wind power diversifies generation sources

Responsible generation for today and tomorrow

Associated was the first utility provider of large-scale
wind power in Missouri and remains a leader. Associated
already receives power from seven wind farms. An eighth
wind farm later this year means Associated will have 1,240
megawatts of wind power delivered from 626 wind turbines
across three states. Locking in long-term, fixed-cost wind
power helps Associated diversify its generation sources for
years to come.

Whether the challenge is managing generation sources
or making investments to ensure land, air and water are
protected, Associated Electric takes its responsibilities
seriously. Members wouldn't have it any other way.
	 For more information about Associated Electric and its
environmental efforts, visit www.aeci.org.

Electric cooperatives comply with net metering laws
While large utility-size solar installations have yet to make
sense for Associated, about 30 megawatts of solar power
is being produced by member-consumers connected to
Associated's member systems. Net metering laws mandate
the process for local cooperatives to purchase any excess
energy produced by the solar systems located at the homes
and businesses of member-consumers.
A legacy of environmental excellence
Associated Electric received the U.S. Department of Interior's highest honor for its innovative, successful reclamation that improved water quality and transformed 1,000
acres that previously served as a coal mine into productive
pasture, wetlands and forest.

Employees plant Monarch habitat

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