East Texas Electric Coop joins forces with Northeast Texas Coop

Published on Sunday, 30 November 2014 21:31 - Written by

The East Texas Electric Cooperative and Northeast Texas Electric Cooperative joined forces to bring renewable wind energy that could power up to 56,000 homes.

The member-owned electric cooperatives signed Renewable Energy Purchase Agreements (REPAs) for wind generation from Apex Clean Energy subsidiary Grant Wind LLC, according to a statement.

The project, expected to come online in 2015, will produce about 150 MW of electricity, enough to help power more than 56,000 homes in East Texas, including Upshur, Wood and Cherokee counties.

“ETEC and NTEC have worked hard to diversify the energy mix that provides electric power to our member-cooperatives, as we believe this is the best approach to assure an affordable, reliable system for our members,” Edd Hargett, general manager of ETEC, said in a statement.

ETEC is a not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Nacogdoches. ETEC’s mission is to provide low cost, reliable power to its 10 not-for-profit electric distribution cooperatives, which includes Cherokee County Electric Cooperative, Rusk County Electric Cooperative, Upshur Rural Electric Cooperative and Wood County Electric Cooperative. Serving 46 counties in East Texas, ETEC provides power to 330,000 ultimate members.

Longview-based NTEC was founded in 1972 and is a not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative. It has 157,460 ultimate distributive cooperative member-owners through its member cooperatives, which include the Rusk County, Upshur Rural and Wood County electric cooperatives.

“We are delighted to reach an agreement to add wind power into our system here at NTEC. Our goal is to continue to provide reliable, affordable power for all of our members, and this additional power will allow us to more effectively meet this goal,” Rick Tyler, NTEC general manager, said.

Apex Clean Energy is an independent renewable energy company focused on building utility-scale generation facilities. In the coming year, Apex will bring five new U.S. wind energy facilities online, comprising over 1,000 MW of capacity. Apex will provide asset management services on three of these facilities, representing over 500 MW of capacity, according to the statement.

“Northern Oklahoma is a national leader in powering America’s wind energy needs,” Mark Goodwin, president of Apex, said. “ETEC and NTEC are saving their customers money, while supporting important economic development in rural Oklahoma.”