NextEra Energy invests $200 million for Jay County wind farm

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Official logo of Appalachian Power, an AEP company, which will own and operate the Bluff Point Wind Energy Center (NextEra Energy Resources)

Renewable energy providers NextEra Energy (NEE) and American Electric Power (AEP) have invested $200 million for the construction of a wind farm at Jay County.

The Bluff Point Wind Energy Center will generate nearly 120 megawatts, with 57 GE wind turbines designed to capture prevailing wind and convert it into renewable electricity. Energy will be purchased by customers of Appalachian Power, an affiliate of AEP.

“AEP and Appalachian Power are pleased to partner with NextEra Energy Resources on this beneficial project that helps modernize and diversify the power generation fleet and provides low-cost, clean energy to customers,” said Marc Lewis, vice president of regulatory and external affairs for India at AEP’s Michigan Power.

Appalachian Power is currently serving three markets: Virginia, West Virginia and Tennessee. Recently, it has been expanding its energy portfolio by adding diversified sources. On top of its existing hydropower, coal and natural gas plants, the company plans to build wind and solar farms.

“This is our company’s first project in Indiana and we look forward to making more investments here,” said John DiDonato, vice president of renewable development and origination at NEE Resources. “We are grateful for our partnership with AEP, and for the tremendous support this project received from the governor’s office and of course, the people of Jay and Randolph counties, who stand to benefit from it for years to come.”

The Bluff Point Wind Energy Center will create 200 jobs during its construction phase.

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