E.ON builds renamed, 278-MW Radford’s Run Wind Farm in Illinois

E.ON announced Oct. 20 that it has just begun the construction of its 278-MW Radford’s Run Wind Farm in Macon County, Illinois.

Radford’s Run will be the second largest wind farm in Illinois and already the third project for E.ON in this state. E.ON is investing close to $500 million into Radford’s Run, which was formerly known as the Twin Forks facility. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. Danish turbine producer Vestas will supply 139 of its 2-MW turbines for the project.

Also, E.ON said that Johnson & Johnson, the world’s biggest maker of health-care products, agreed to buy half of the output from E.ON’s 200-MW Colbeck’s Corner wind farm in the Texas Panhandle. The company signed a 12-year power purchase agreement. Colbeck’s Corner is expected to provide the equivalent of about 60% of Johnson & Johnson’s electricity consumption in the U.S., and 25% globally.

Digital Realty, a leading global provider of data center, colocation and interconnection solutions, also signed a long-term clean energy agreement for power produced by Colbeck’s Corner.

E.ON also reported that it recently enlarged its renewables portfolio through plant services work. Lincoln Clean Energy (LCE) selected E.ON Energy Services to provide asset management and balance of plant services for its Amazon Wind Farm Texas near Snyder, Texas. The 253-MW facility will sell 90% of the power generated to Amazon under a long-term contract.

The agreement with Lincoln Clean Energy is the latest in E.ON Energy Services’ portfolio. in September, E.ON signed an agreement with Novatus Energy to manage four of its wind farms, totaling more than 700 MW across three different states. E.ON manages, owns or operates wind farms in seven states and in nearly every major Independent System Operator region.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.