Seminole Electric Cooperative, a US company engaged in electricity generation and transmission, has signed two new contracts for the purchase of renewable energy. With the new agreements, Seminole has more than 100MW of renewable energy in its portfolio of generating resources.

The first agreement gives Seminole an additional 20MW of new renewable capacity and energy from the expansion of a waste-wood biomass plant in Liberty County, Florida, beginning in 2010. Seminole currently has a 12.5MW purchase power contract with the existing facility that is owned and operated by Telogia Power. The expanded contract will give Seminole a total of 32.5MW from the company or its affiliates until November 2023.

Under the second contract, Timberline Energy will build and operate a 1.6MW landfill gas-fueled power station in Hernando County, Florida, and will sell Seminole the capacity and energy. The contract will run from February 2008 until March 31, 2020.

Mike Opalinski, senior vice president of strategic services, said: All of our renewable energy facilities are in Florida, which is part of our goal to promote the development of renewable resources in the state. This way both our member systems and the state get the environmental and economic benefits these facilities will provide.

We firmly believe that renewable energy sources will play an increasing role in Florida’s energy supply so we are focused on growing our portfolio.