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Vectren's sustainability and natural resource conservation efforts include:
In June 2010, the second phase of the Fowler Ridge wind farm in Benton County, Ind., from which Vectren purchases 50 megawatts (MW) of power, became operational. This 20-year power purchase agreement is the second wind energy contract for Vectren. The new addition provides enough energy to power about 15,000 homes annually and when combined with the 30 MW of wind power Vectren was already receiving from Benton County Wind Farm, brings Vectren's total wind power portfolio to 80 MW.
Blackfoot Clean Energy Facility
Vectren Energy Delivery opened its first 100%-owned green power plant in July 2009. This project, combined with the wind power purchases mentioned above, allows Vectren to meet 5% of its customers' needs with renewable energy.
The Blackfoot Clean Energy Facility, a project at Veolia Environmental Services Solid Waste's Winslow, Ind., landfill generates electricity by capturing gas emitted from decomposing trash and using it as a fuel source to power two generators. The renewable energy project, which was developed by Energy Systems Group, generates 3.2 megawatts (MW), or enough energy to power approximately 2,000 homes.
Blackfoot Clean Energy Facility Winslow, Ind.