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Westar unveils plans to produce more energy from wind

February 12, 2009

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— Westar Energy Inc. today announced it will seek bids for up to 500 megawatts of additional renewable energy.

Westar currently has 295 megawatts of wind energy, which makes up 6 percent of its peak demand.

“This is an important step in our support of our renewable energy goal,” said Bill Moore, Westar’s chief executive officer.

In its request for bids for 500 megawatts, Westar, the state’s largest electric utility, said it hopes to have 200 megawatts online by 2010 and the remainder by late 2013.

The company said its final decision will depend on costs, the status of state and federal policy on renewable energy and regulatory issues.

Comments

Chris Ogle 6 years, 3 months ago

great idea.... but rough sailing today.

spankyandcranky 6 years, 3 months ago

Finally some forward momentum! I don't mind paying a little bit more now, and a little less in health costs later. Bring on the clean energy. Although it sounds like wind will still make up less than 1/5 of our energy production in Kansas. Oh well, you have to climb a mountain one step at a time, I suppose.

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