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Westar looking to add 200 megawatts of wind power to its portfolio

July 26, 2010

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— Kansas' largest electric utility is taking bids on contracts for an additional 200 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources such as wind.

Topeka-based Westar Energy Inc. says it is looking to buy the power from renewable energy developers.

Westar says that as part of the deal, it will offer part of its rights to a site for a wind farm east of Dodge City. The contractor chosen by Westar could then develop the site to supply the energy.

The company is taking proposals through Sept. 2. It expects to announce its selection in November or December.

Comments

Bobo Fleming 4 years, 11 months ago

what percent of total Westar would this represent? How many residences approximately would that serve?

LogicMan 4 years, 11 months ago

Very often none. 200 MW peak -- something much lower to be counted upon so they have to build conventional generators anyway. But does reduce coal and gas burning when wind's blowing.

newmedia 4 years, 11 months ago

Watch your utility rates go up, again!

ConcernedCynic 4 years, 11 months ago

I'm not a tree hugger by any means, but every time I drive out on I70 towards Hayes, the turbines are always running in that huge wind farm. I assume that western Kansas has pretty consistant winds - or Missouri constantly sucks...

On a more serious note, what I would be more concerned about if I were in Western Kansas is water. A typical 500-megawatt coal-fired power plant draws about 2.2 billion gallons of water each year. I believe that people in western Kansas can do what they want and I know that most wanted the 2 new coal plants. I just don’t want to hear about the water table dropping any more.

weeslicket 4 years, 11 months ago

thanks to all the previous posters. much to consider here.

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