MEAN Board, Committee approve contract with Glenwood Springs

May 28, 2019

The Municipal Energy Agency of Nebraska (MEAN) Board of Directors and Management Committee at their joint quarterly meeting May 23 approved the extension of a wholesale power contract to the City of Glenwood Springs, Colo., which will allow the City to attain its 100 percent renewable energy goal.

The 10-year contract, which will begin June 1, replaces a 10-year contract that was set to expire in 2022. Through the contract, the City will secure enough electric generation production from renewable resources to meet the City’s annual electric usage.

Glenwood Springs’ energy portfolio mix includes renewable energy from MEAN’s renewable energy resources as well as its federal hydro allocation from the Western Area Power Administration.

Last year, MEAN expanded its renewable energy portfolio by signing a power purchase agreement for the output of the new Kimball, Neb., Wind Facility, which has a nameplate capacity of 30 megawatts. Along with the Kimball facility, MEAN’s wind resource pool includes energy from five other wind facilities in Nebraska and South Dakota.

Glenwood Springs is the second community served wholesale electricity by MEAN that has attained its 100 percent renewable energy goal. MEAN worked with the City of Aspen, Colo., to fulfill its goal in 2015.