US power supplier WPPI Energy has agreed a deal with Invenergy to buy electricity from the 132MW Bishop Hill 3 wind energy center in Illinois.

The agreement runs to mid-2040 and will result in the supply of electricity to WPPI Energy’s 51 member utilities and customers in Wisconsin, Michigan and Iowa.

The project, which will be located in Henry County, is scheduled to start commercial operations by mid-2018.

It will create more than 150 jobs during construction and up to six full-time jobs once operational.

Bishop Hill 3 will also generate more than $10m for the local economy during the first 10 years of operation, Invenergy said.

WPPI Energy chief executive Mike Peters said: “This agreement provides WPPI Energy with a highly cost-effective resource that will more than double the amount of wind energy in our power supply portfolio.”

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