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Renewables

Renewable Projects

Demonstrating ongoing support for the development of renewable facilities, ODEC has entered into several long-term projects converting wind and landfill gas into energy totaling over 270 megawatts of capacity.

All of our member-owners  currently offer some type of renewable power or credits to consumers who wish to support the growth of renewable power sources:

A&N Electric Cooperative
BARC Electric Cooperative
Community Electric Cooperative
Choptank Electric Cooperative
Delaware Electric Cooperative
Mecklenburg Electric Cooperative
Northern Neck Electric Cooperative
Prince George Electric Cooperative
Rappahannock Electric Cooperative
Southside Electric Cooperative
Shenandoah Valley Electric Cooperative

Hydroelectric

Many of ODEC’s member cooperatives purchase power from the South Eastern Power Administration through the John H. Kerr Dam on the Roanoke River and the Philpott Dam on the Smith River. These projects were built in the early 1950’s and have produced low-cost hydroelectric power to ODEC’s members ever since.

Solar

In 2017, ODEC entered into two long-term power purchase agreements to buy solar power from separate projects owned by Dominion Generation.  The Clarke County Solar project is a 10 MW solar power facility in Clarke County, VA located in Rappahannock Electric Cooperative’s service territory. The Cherrydale Solar Project is a 20 MW solar power facility in Northampton County on Virginia’s Eastern Shore in A&N Electric Cooperative’s service territory. Both projects began commercial operations in 2017.

In 2018, ODEC entered into a long-term power purchase agreement to buy solar power from the Cabin Point Solar Facility in Sussex County, VA. This project is expected to be a 75 MW solar power facility, with an anticipated commercial operations date in 2022.

ODEC is actively exploring additional solar opportunities, and issued a Request for Proposals in early 2019.

Wind

For more than a decade, ODEC has been partnering with private developers to add more than 260 MW of wind generation. In 2008, ODEC executed an agreement to buy 50% of the output of AES Corporation’s Armenia Mountain Wind project in Bradford and Tioga counties in north central Pennsylvania. The project began commercial production in December 2009, with the completion of 67 General Electric 1.5 MWs SLE wind turbines that can produce 100.5 MWs.

In 2009, ODEC executed its second wind power agreement to buy the entire output from Criterion Wind Project located in Garrett County, Maryland. The 70 MW project employs 28 Clipper 2.5 MW Liberty turbines and began commercial operations in 2010.
ODEC executed a third contract with E.ON’s Stony Creek Wind Farm, which is currently in operation in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. ODEC purchases capacity, energy and renewable energy credits from this 32.5 MW facility.

ODEC’s latest wind contract is with BP Wind Energy’s Mehoopany Wind Farm in Wyoming County in northeastern Pennsylvania. ODEC began buying over 110 MW of capacity, energy, and renewable energy credits from the project after it began commercial operations in January 2013.

Landfill Energy

ODEC currently buys the output of a landfill gas-to energy project in Henrico County, Virginia. This project produces electricity by collecting naturally occurring methane, a byproduct of decomposing waste, and burning it to produce power via an electric generator. The Henrico County Project totals approximately six MWs of capacity. Using methane from landfills not only creates electricity from a renewable fuel source, it reduces the net emissions of greenhouse gases from the landfill.