Prairie Winds Green Energy Program
Prairie Winds began in 2001 and offers Nishnabotna Valley REC member-owners and members of more than 120 electric cooperatives in a nine-state region the opportunity to support the development and growth of wind generation. Basin Electric Power Cooperative, NVREC’s power provider located in Bismarck, ND, is a recognized leader of wind energy development in the Upper Midwest. Through joint projects and purchase power agreements, Basin has added approximately 1,000 megawatts (MW) of wind energy to our energy portfolio in the past decade.
Choose Renewable Energy
Through our power provider Basin Electric Cooperative in Bismarck, North Dakota, Nishnabotna Valley Rural Electric Cooperative has Renewable
Energy Credits (RECs) available for purchase to offset your current usage with 25%, 50%, 75% and 100% renewable energy options.
The electricity you receive will still be the same reliable, affordable energy you have always received from Nishnabotna Valley REC but, by participating in this program, you will be supporting current and future renewable projects.
What is a Renewable Energy Credit?
• 1 MWh (megawatt hour) produced by a renewable energy source equals 1 REC
• RECs are also called Green Tags
• RECs represent the valuable renewable attributes of wind energy
We make it easy
Using renewable energy has never been easier. You will be billed monthly based on the kWhs used. The additional charge will appear on your normal monthly electric statement.
You won’t need any special equipment either. Nishnabotna Valley REC will continue to fulfill all your electric needs while you can enjoy the benefits of renewable energy.
How Much Does It Cost?
Member-owners who choose to participate in Prairie Winds will pay $0.20/100 kilowatt-hour block per month. Members can elect to purchase as many blocks as they would like and it will be added to their monthly electric bill.
Where do the RECs come from?
The RECs come from several wind farms in the region that supply renewable energy to Nishnabotna Valley REC.
These include, but are not limited to:
• North Dakota: PrairieWinds 1, Wilton 1 & 2, Baldwin Wind Project and Minot Wind Project
• South Dakota: Crow Lake Wind, the
Chamberlain turbines, Day County Wind Farm and South Dakota Wind Project
For your Home
With the REC program, you can reduce your family’s footprint at home without having to install solar panels or other renewable energy systems.
Contact us to sign up for Prairie Winds and earn Renewable Energy Credits today.
For more information about the choice to participate in the Prairie Winds Green Energy Program, call the Nishnabotna Valley REC office at 712-755-2166.
If you are interested in supporting NVREC’s current renewable energy program, please complete the Prairie Winds agreement form and return it to the NVREC office. Thank you for your support of the Prairie Winds Green Energy Program.
For your Business
By purchasing RECs, your business could add value to your products or services, promote future regional renewable projects and showcase your support for renewable energy sources.