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Westar agrees to buy energy from Kingman wind farm in Kansas, US

CTBR Staff Writer Published 04 January 2016

Westar Energy has agreed to purchase energy generated at the Kingman wind energy center in Kingman County, located in the US state of Kansas.

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The 20-year power-purchase agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources expands Westar's amount of Kansas wind energy by another 200MW.

Westar has the option to buy a 50% stake in the project, which is expected to be operational by early 2017.

The project is anticipated to bring more than $400m in investments and payments to the area.

Westar Energy president and CEO Mark Ruelle said: "Our customers will benefit from this low cost wind energy.

"Wind energy development brings jobs and investment to our rural communities."

The purchase will increase Westar's total wind capacity to more than 1.7GW.

Headquartered in Topeka, Westar Energy employs around 2,400 people and serves about 700,000 customers in most of east and east-central Kansas.

The company's energy centers generate over 7GW of electricity. It operates and coordinates 35,000 miles of transmission and distribution lines.

Last month, Westar Energy partnered with Infinity Wind Power to build a new $435m wind farm in Kansas.


Image: Westar agrees to purchase another 200MW of Kansas wind energy. Photo: courtesy of dan/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.