WFEC's Generation Portfolio Includes A Variety of Sources
A well diversified mix of generation resources helps ensure a reliable and economical power supply for WFEC and its members. Among the generation and transmission cooperative's energy resources include a coal-based power plant that produces low-cost, around-the-clock power, as well as a large portion of energy supplied by natural gas units. Wind resources and hydropower allocations also make up a part of the overall energy mix, as well. A combination of owned baseload and intermediate peaking power plants, in addition to purchases, generate this well balanced mix.
Coal represents 36 percent of WFEC’s energy production, followed by natural gas with 16 percent. Power generated from wind resources represents about 9 percent of WFEC’s energy mix, while hydro allocations contribute another 8 percent. Economy purchases, which include primarily natural gas, make up the remaining 31 percent. These totals represent 2011 data.
WFEC continually evaluates capacity needs, while focusing on both the present and future power requirements of its members. WFEC is properly positioned to maintain a reliable supply of electricity to its member cooperatives well into the future.
Three strategically placed plant facilities are located around WFEC’s service territory to ensure this continued generation reliability. Whether running on coal, natural gas, wind or hydro, or when increasing generation to fulfill a peak demand, WFEC ensures that it will continue to provide an adequate power supply for their consumers.