Hydropower, Project Development, Wind Power

Utility to Sell Kansas Wind Energy

The electricity generated at the largest windfarm in Kansas will be sold to UtiliCorp United under a multi-year contract.

JUNO BEACH, Florida, US, 2001-05-17 <SolarAccess.com> FPL Energy LLC will install 170 turbines in Gray County, just east of Montezuma in southwestern Kansas. The units will have a generating capacity of 110 MW, which is enough power for 33,000 homes. Construction is expected to be finished by the end of this year. “We are pleased that UtiliCorp supports renewable energy and, as the nation’s largest generator of wind power, FPL Energy is proud to be the company chosen to provide this clean power to UtiliCorp and its customers,” says FPL Energy president Lew Hay. UtiliCorp is based in Kansas City, Missouri, and sells energy to four million customers in the United States, Canada, Britain, Spain, Germany, Norway, New Zealand and Australia. It has total assets of $13 billion and annual sales of $36 billion. FPL Energy operates 1,000 MW of windfarm capacity in Iowa, Texas, Minnesota, Oregon and California, with a net ownership of 600 MW. It will add another 870 MW of wind to its portfolio by the end of 2001. It also generates power from solar, hydroelectric and natural gas plants, but wind represents 15 percent of its portfolio. It is a subsidiary of FPL Group, which has annual revenues of $7 billion.