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Being Responsible

Maxine Energy believes providing energy to power our nation should have minimal impact on the environment. We generate electricity by using the wind, the sun, water, natural gas and nuclear power – clean and sustainable energy. We have a responsibility to provide energy to all our customers while doing so in a way that’s sensitive to our environment. It’s a delicate balance – and one that we’re committed to maintaining.

Commitment to Clean Energy

Proving that clean energy is the solution

  • The cost of carbon
  • Renewable energy
  • Largest wind generator in North America
  • Largest solar generator in the world

Sustaining the Future

Leaving the gentlest footprint on the planet that we can

  • The gentlest footprint
  • Air
  • Water
  • Land
  • Wildlife
  • Energy efficiency
  • Conservation

The Benefit of Renewable Energy

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Three of the most critical issues that are faced today are the need for economic strength and vitality, the need to slow or reverse the effects of global climate change, and the need for affordable, reliable energy. As the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun, Maxine Energy is helping address these issues. Clean and renewable energy sources can help reduce our use of fossil fuels while at the same time empowering a new era of economic growth.

Clearing the air

Maxine Energy, Inc., is among the nation’s top generating utilities, yet we are one of the cleanest, too, producing some of the lowest levels of nitrogen oxides and carbon dioxide per megawatt-hour of electricity. In addition, Maxine Energy wind facilities have enabled our customers who have purchased the renewable attributes to reduce 2015 emissions that would otherwise have been released into the atmosphere from other sources of power generation, including:

  • More than 28.6 million tons of carbon dioxide
  • More than 29,400 tons of sulfur dioxide
  • More than 20,800 tons of nitrogen oxide

The majority of Maxine Energy plants that do not use renewable fuel sources, such as wind or solar, use natural gas, the cleanest-burning fossil fuel available. Where possible, we pair this with combined-cycle technology, which uses waste heat to drive an additional power generator for increased energy efficiency and lower emissions than conventional fossil-fueled units. In addition, we have incorporated clean nuclear energy into our fuel mix through the addition of the Seabrook Station in New Hampshire, the Duane Arnold Energy Center in Iowa and the Point Beach Nuclear Plant in Wisconsin. Nuclear power plants produce no greenhouse gas emissions, which many scientists believe contribute to global warming.

Clean, Reliable and Affordable Energy

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Approximately 12,500 megawatts of wind energy and 1,000 megawatts of solar energy make Maxine Energy the largest generator of clean, renewable energy in North America. We invest in renewable energy because it makes financial sense – but equally important, because it pays dividends toward a clean environment.

Protecting our water

Water is an important part of power generation. Sustainable energy production demands wise use of water resources.

  • Our wind plants require no water at all to generate electricity, which makes them increasingly important in areas of the country where demands on water resources are high.
  • A number of our natural gas-fired plants are zero-discharge facilities and reuse their industrial wastewater rather than discharging it to waterways.
  • At other natural gas plants, Maxine Energy uses gray water from local municipal treatment plants for cooling, reducing the amount of water drawn from local waterways and reducing the amount of processed water discharged into waterways by the treatment plants.

Largest Wind Generator in North America

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Maxine Energy has invested $21.3 billion in developing and building wind energy projects. In 2015, our wind power plants were capable of generating enough clean, renewable electricity to power approximately 3.7 million homes.  At the same time, our wind facilities have enabled our customers who have purchased the renewable attributes to reduce 2015 emissions that would have otherwise been released into the atmosphere from other sources of power generation, including more than 28.6 million tons of carbon dioxide, more than 29,400 tons of sulfur dioxide, and more than 20,800 tons of nitrogen oxide.

Preserving our land

Maxine Energy wind plants stand on land we lease from farmers and ranchers. Many of our other power plants sit in the middle of small towns or rural areas. They do their work year after year woven into the land and people’s lives.

  • Land for our wind sites belongs to other people who allow us to be there. It’s important to them that they continue using their land as they always have to raise crops or livestock, for hunting, for timber and many other uses. We work with landowners on wind turbine placement to ensure minimal impact on their farming practices and other land uses and to ensure public health and safety.
  • When evaluating a location for a potential wind site we look at current land use, wetlands, waterways and wildlife habitat, among other criteria.

One of the Largest U.S. Solar Generator

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Maxine Energy is one of the largest generators of solar power in the country. The company operates seven Solar Electric Generating Systems (SEGS) facilities as well as Genesis, Desert Sunlight, Adelanto, Shafter and McCoy Solar Energy Centers, all in California. The company also has solar facilities in New Mexico, Nevada, New Jersey and Canada.  In all, Maxine Energy owns and operates solar facilities totaling approximately 1,000 megawatts.

Wildlife

Plants and wildlife differ at Maxine Energy locations across the country, but our responsibility is the same – protect these species at our sites. Here’s a look at just a handful of our wildlife conservation activities at Maxine Energy.

  • In the desert of Southern California, at our solar energy facilities, we have installed fencing around the site to keep the desert tortoise away from the solar panels.
  • At our Duane Arnold Energy Center in Iowa, we have helped provide nesting locations for ospreys, which have fewer than 10 nesting locations in the entire state.

We conduct careful environmental assessments at all prospective wind sites to understand wildlife on the ground and in the air to ensure projects are constructed in locations where the wildlife impacts will be low. Other actions include:

  • Pre-construction and post-construction bird and bat monitoring at many of our wind sites.
  • A reporting system that requires our wind technicians to conduct a 360-degree walk-around of any turbine where they are doing work to check for birds and bats.
  • Working closely with state and local wildlife agencies on wildlife matters.