ECI REC is both committed and focused on being environmentally friendly and maintaining sustainable solutions that are in the best interest of the cooperative and its member-consumers. Alternative energy sources and solutions are a big piece of the future of electricity generation in America.
ECI REC realizes there are members that have a desire to support, or even own alternative energy generation sources or systems. Below are some ways the cooperative and its members currently support the initiatives of alternative energy solutions.
Members Interested in Supporting Renewables or Looking at On-Site Generation Have Options
ECI REC Gets Power from Diverse Sources
Alternative energy sources are a big piece of the future of electricity generation in America. ECI REC and its power supplier, Central Iowa Power Cooperative (CIPCO), continue to invest in renewable energy production.
By purchasing renewable energy, CIPCO enables its member systems like ECI REC to offer green energy options. Nearly 60 percent of CIPCO's electricity is generated from emission and carbon-free resources, minimizing the impact to our environment. All or some of the renewable energy credits associated with this generation may have been sold or may be sold in the future, to other parties, or may be used to comply with future regulatory requirements.
Some renewable resources CIPCO purchases power from are:
CIPCO's Utility-Scale Solar Project:
Urbana Solar Acres - New in 2016
East-Central Iowa REC and CIPCO launched a utility-based solar project to serve members throughout the service territory. The multi-site project is the first phase in CIPCO’s long-term plan to incorporate solar into the generation mix.
Utility-scale solar provides reliable, clean electricity generation for members of ECI REC and complements CIPCO’s existing renewable energy generation portfolio. The development and installation costs for utility-scale systems are significantly below those of residential-scale solar and provide benefits to all members within the system. Members of all income levels will be benefiting from this project. The addition of utility-scale solar increases ECI REC support of emissions and carbon-free generation resources.