Winds of change

Alabama Power adds energy from wind farms

Chisholm View, Buffalo Dunes projects provide cost-effective power

cranes Alabama Power is now receiving energy from the Kansas-based Buffalo Dunes Wind Project. Since late 2012, Alabama Power has been receiving energy from the Chisholm View Wind Project in Oklahoma. Together, the two projects position Alabama Power as one of the leading purchasers of wind-generated energy in the Southeast.

“We are always looking for ways to provide our customers with reliable energy options that are environmentally friendly,” said John Kelley, Alabama Power resource planning director. “These agreements allow us to bring wind energy to our customers without burdening them with investment costs.”

The purchases are helping to displace higher-cost energy Alabama Power would otherwise produce using other resources. Under both agreements, the company has the flexibility to use generated wind energy to serve customers and retire the associated renewable energy credits (RECs) or sell the energy and RECs to others, either separately or bundled together.

The two projects are expected to produce up to 404 megawatts from wind – enough to power the equivalent of 115,000 homes. In all, Alabama Power has power purchase agreements and generation facilities producing up to 2,000 megawatts of energy from wind, biomass and hydroelectric projects.

To view a video of the Chisholm View Wind Project, please visit

To watch a short interview with Kelley about the company’s wind projects, please visit