Alabama Power Recognized for Saving Its Southeastern Customers Money with
Wind Power from TradeWind Energy of Kansas
WASHINGTON -- November 20, 2012
Alabama Power has received the “Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award” from
the American Wind Energy Association for helping to bring cost-effective wind
power to the Southeast, along with TradeWind Energy, the Kansas company from
which it’s purchasing the electricity.
The association presented the award before over 400 leaders of the U.S. wind
energy industry at its annual Fall Symposium, held Nov. 14-15 in Chandler,
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of the Southern Company, made its first wind power
purchase last year. In signing off on the contract, the state Public Service
Commission noted at the time that the “price of energy from the wind facility
is expected to be lower than the cost the company would incur to produce that
energy from its own resource…with the resulting energy savings flowing
directly to the Company’s customers.”
John Kelley, Alabama Power’s Director of Forecasting and Resource Planning,
said that including another recent deal, the company’s energy mix now includes
404 megawatts of energy from wind – enough to power the equivalent of 115,000
homes. Under the contracts, Alabama Power has the flexibility to use the wind
energy to serve customers and retire the associated renewable energy credits,
or sell the energy and renewable energy credits to others, separately or
“These agreements are good for our customers for one very basic reason, and
that is, they save our customers money,” Kelley says in a company video
recently released on YouTube (at 2:21 in the video).
In accepting the award, Kelley said, “Alabama Power is doubling down on wind.
We’re always looking for environmentally friendly ways to produce and obtain
rights to reliable, cost-effective electricity. These two agreements represent
a win-win for the company and the people we serve.”
AWEA gives the Outstanding Commercial Achievement Award each year to the
individual or company responsible for outstanding commercial achievement in
the areas of new financing structures; contracting; electricity market
participation and grid operations; applications of technology; community
relations; landowner relations; siting; permitting; or logistics. Winners are
chosen on the strength of nominations from AWEA member companies.
This year Alabama Power shared the award with the company from which it
purchased its wind power, TradeWind Energy of Lenexa, Kansas. TradeWind
specializes in developing and managing wind energy projects in the U.S.
heartland, which has a rich wind resource. TradeWind CEO Robert Freeman spoke
of wind’s economic development benefits to the region.
“Everyone knows that rural America is looking for ways to keep their young
people and grow their economies,” Freeman said in accepting the award. “I
think it’s fair to say that there hasn’t been anything that has come along in
recent memory that has the potential to impact rural economies like the
development of wind power.”
AWEA recognized TradeWind for navigating the complexities of obtaining
long-term firm transmission service across three different transmission
systems, each with different timelines and processes, to reach the Southeast
with its wind-generated electricity.
It then successfully aligned the schedules for power sales contracting,
regulatory approvals, equipment procurement, transmission service, and
financing. The company has now completed three contracts for delivery of wind
energy to the Southeast using this innovative model.
“TradeWind Energy has led the wind industry in successfully delivering wind
energy to markets in the Southeast U.S., a region that until recently was
believed to be inaccessible to wind power,” said Denise Bode, CEO of AWEA.
“Wind power is an abundant, homegrown, clean and affordable source of energy,”
she added, “and Alabama Power is leading the way to make that energy available
“With taller wind turbine towers and longer swept area blades, wind developers
are starting to develop projects in this part of the country,” Bode said.
“With utilities like Alabama Power being open to such contracts, more markets
are opening up for wind power’s growth in the U.S.”
AWEA is the national trade association of America’s wind industry, with 2,000
member companies, including global leaders in wind power and energy
development, wind turbine manufacturing, component and service suppliers, and
the world’s largest wind power trade show, the WINDPOWER Conference &
Exhibition, which takes place next in Chicago, May 5-8, 2013. AWEA is the
voice of wind energy in the U.S., promoting renewable energy to power a
cleaner, stronger America. Look up information on wind energy at the AWEA
website. Find insight on industry issues at AWEA’s blog Into the Wind. Join
AWEA on Facebook. Follow AWEA on Twitter.
About Alabama Power
Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO),
provides reliable, affordable electricity to more than 1.4 million customers
across the state. Learn more at www.alabamapower.com.
About TradeWind Energy
Since its inception in 2003, TradeWind Energy™ has partnered with utilities,
cooperatives, environmental groups, municipalities and landowners in the
Heartland to develop mutually beneficial wind projects.Learn more at
Ellen Carey, 202-249-7357
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