KCP&L to buy 400MW more wind

Utility Kansas City Power & Light says it plans to purchase 400MW of wind power from two new facilities to be built by developers EDP Renewables and Element Power.

The planned wind farms – each 200MW – will be located in the state of Kansas and be in operation no later than early 2016, and provide power for 124,000 homes. Once online, KCP&L will have 939MW of wind power, more than any utility in Kansas or neighboring Missouri.

“These two new wind projects will nearly double the amount of clean, renewable generation in our energy portfolio,” says KCP&L chief executive Terry Bassham.

“This addition will be another step in diversifying our generation mix, which has already seen significant reductions in emissions from recent environmental upgrades made at several of our power plants,” he adds.  “These investments continue our commitment to move toward a more sustainable energy future in an affordable way.”

The utility says the projects give it the opportunity to take advantage of a federal wind tax credit that expired at the end of 2013. Also, these facilities will be economically beneficial to KCP&L’s customers over the lifetime of the 20-year power purchase agreements.