Project Development, Wind Power

Largest Wind Farm in Kansas Powered Up

Turbines at the largest windfarm constructed in Kansas have been powered up by UtiliCorp United and FPL Energy.

MONTEZUMA, Kansas, US, 2001-08-31 [SolarAccess.com] Turbines at the largest windfarm constructed in Kansas have been powered up by UtiliCorp United and FPL Energy. Officials from the two companies switched on several turbines during a ceremony near Montezuma in southwestern Kansas, where construction of 170 turbines will be completed by the end of this year. When fully operating, the facility will be capable of generating 110 megawatts of electricity, enough for 30,000 homes. The facility is owned and operated by FPL Energy, and UtiliCorp will purchase all the output from the Gray County site to serve its WestPlains Energy customers in Kansas as well as its Missouri Public Service and St. Joseph Light & Power customers in Missouri. The electricity from the windfarm is seen as an important element in UtiliCorp’s expanding commitment to provide its customers with renewable energy, according to senior vice president James Miller. UtiliCorp was the first utility to provide wind power to residential customers in Missouri in 1999, which is generated from the company’s 16 percent interest in a 1.5 MW wind project near St. Marys, Kansas. UtiliCorp is based in Kansas City and has customers and operations across the United States, Canada, Britiain, New Zealand, and Australia. It has assets of US$13 billion and annual sales of $41 billion.