Topeka, Kansas [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] Westar Energy, Inc. announced that it has reached tentative agreements with developers who will build three wind farms in Kansas totaling approximately 300 megawatts (MW). All are expected to be producing energy by the end of next year.
The agreements represent more than a half-billion dollar commitment to wind power in the state and, according to the company, will make Westar’s wind energy program the largest in Kansas. In addition, Westar has indicated it will look to make an additional 200 MW available by the end of 2010.
Westar also filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) a request for predetermination of the ratemaking principles associated with these investments. The agreements with the developers are contingent upon receiving satisfactory regulatory pre-approval. The company has asked the KCC to issue its order by Dec. 31, 2007.
The wind farms will be located at three different sites in the state of Kansas:
- Central Plains Wind Farm will be a 99 MW project in Wichita County.The developer for the project is RES America Developments, Inc. Westar will own the generation at this location, which is expected to begin producing electricity in late 2008.
- Westar Energy will purchase under contract 96 MW from the Meridian Way Wind Farm in Cloud County. Horizon Wind Energy, a company owned by Energias de Portugal, developed, owns and will operate the 201 MW wind farm. The 96 MW that Westar Energy will purchase is scheduled to be available in late 2008.
- The Flat Ridge Wind Farm is a proposed 100 MW wind-powered electric generating project to be located in Barber County, Kansas. BP Alternative Energy North America Inc. is developing the project through its subsidiary, Flat Ridge Wind Energy, LLC. Construction of the project is expected to start in 2008. At completion, Westar will own 50 MW of power generation and will purchase the remaining 50 MW under a power purchase agreement.
Fact sheets about each project are available at http://www.WestarEnergy.com.