The Missouri Public Service Commission has approved a wind-power project that includes the Neosho Ridge Wind generators.

Liberty Utilities-Empire District announced Thursday it received regulatory approval for the $1 billion project, the Joplin Globe reported.

The project will generate 600 megawatts from three locations in Kansas and Missouri. Tenaska, based in Omaha, Neb., will develop and manage sites in Jasper, Barton, Lawrence and Dade counties in Missouri.

The Kings Point and North Fork Ridge projects will total 140 wind-powered electrical generators and generate 150 megawatts at each location.

The Neosho Ridge Wind project in southwest Neosho County will generate 300 megawatts from 139 wind turbines.

The MPSC granted certificates of convenience Wednesday for Liberty Utilities-Empire District. The company expects to meet a significant portion of the financing requirements through existing federal tax credits. It projects customer savings of $169 million over the first 20 years after implementation and $300 million over 30 years.

Construction of all three sites is projected for completion by the end of 2020. Empire’s original proposal called for a $1.5 billion project of 800 megawatts and the closure a coal-fired plant in Asbury. The current plan will keep the Asbury plant open another 15 years.

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