Kansas City Power & Light is blowing up its wind power portfolio by more than 65% by agreeing to buy power from a project slated for Western Kansas. The Kansas City-based electric utility signed a power purchase agreement for about 131 MW from the CPV Renewable Energy Co. LLC wind farm in Cimarron, Kan., on which construction is expected to begin in fall 2011. That boosts KCP&L’s current 200 MW through the Spearville Wind Energy Facilities and Gray County Wind Farm.
“In this region of the country, wind is an abundant renewable resource, and KCP&L wants to bring the benefits of that resource to its customers,” says KCP&L VP of Strategy and Risk Management Kevin Bryant in a press release. “The clean electricity that will be generated at this new wind farm helps KCP&L in meeting current and future renewable energy requirements in Kansas and Missouri.”
The first 100 MW from the Cimarron wind farm are expected to come online for commercial use by June 2012, with the rest coming online by the end of that year. The company will start buying power from the wind farm once turbines are operational.
With the new wind farm, CPV will install nearly 300 MW of wind energy in Kansas.
The utility has pledged to invest in wind power and energy efficiency, including adding 400 MW of wind power with investments to be implemented by 2012. This puts the company on track to meet that agreement.
Kansas City Power & Light, kcpl.com