Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO), a subsidiary of NiSource Inc. (NYSE: NI), and EDP Renewables SA (EDPR), through its fully owned subsidiary EDP Renewables North America LLC (EDPR NA), have executed a Build & Transfer Agreement that will bring the 302 megawatt (MW) Indiana Crossroads Wind Farm to White County. The wind farm is anticipated to be constructed and operational in 2021.
“It’s exciting to see another home-grown renewable project and investment break ground in Indiana,” said Violet Sistovaris, NIPSCO president. “We’re proud to be working with EDP Renewables on Indiana Crossroads, as we continue on our path of our customer-focused, ‘Your Energy, Your Future’ plan.”
The Indiana Crossroads Wind Farm was selected through the Request for Proposal (RFP) solicitation that NIPSCO ran as part of its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan process. Indiana Crossroads Wind will bring economic benefits to the local communities and state by way of jobs during construction and operations, landowner and government payments, and increased spending at various businesses nearby the project. The wind farm will also power more than 83,000 average Indiana homes with clean electricity each year.
In addition to Indiana Crossroads Wind, EDPR and NIPSCO are also working together to bring the 102 MW Rosewater Wind Farm to White County (as announced on February 1, 2019). Rosewater recently received approval from the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and White County to begin construction and kicked off these initial activities earlier this month. Rosewater Wind Farm has an anticipated start of operations in 2020.
“Indiana has long been an important state for renewable energy development for EDP Renewables,” said Miguel Prado, EDP Renewables North America CEO. “We are pleased to expand wind energy in White County and the state as well as build upon our partnership with NIPSCO as they advance their transition to clean energy sources.”
With the announcement of this project, NIPSCO continues to execute on its preferred path as shown in its 2018 Integrated Resource Plan. NIPSCO intends to announce additional projects next year after launching a second round of request for proposals earlier this month.