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Topeka, Kan., Aug. 22, 2013 - Westar Energy (NYSE:WR), Kansas' leader in wind
energy, is requesting proposals to increase its renewable energy resources by at
least 80 megawatts. The utility is looking to enter long-term contracts with one
or more renewable energy project developers with the new generation coming
online to serve Westar customers by 2016.
"With federal regulation of greenhouse gases coming, good market prices for wind
energy and the next milestone for the state's requirement on the horizon, it's
time to consider adding more renewable energy," said Mark Ruelle, president and
chief executive officer. "If developers submit projects that help us meet these
requirements and that are good for our customers, we'll move forward."
As part of this request, Westar will offer a portion of its Ironwood development
Ford and Hodgeman counties. Developers are free to use their own sites
as well. Proposals are due Sept. 13, 2013.
Historically, most renewable energy in Kansas has been wind, but any renewable
energy project will be considered if it meets Westar's objectives. Westar's
ultimate decision to add more renewable resources will hinge on overall cost,
reliability, adequate transmission capacity to deliver the energy to its
customers, the status of state and federal policy on renewable resources, and
regulatory treatment. Westar will give preference to projects in Kansas.
"Kansas winds give projects in the state a natural edge and help support our
rural economy," Ruelle said.
Westar said that key among considerations will be how developers address the
interests of local communities, our state's environment, wildlife and natural
resources. Accordingly it said all proposals must adhere to the guidelines set
forth in the Kansas Energy Council's Wind Energy Siting Handbook.
A complete copy of the request for proposals is available at the utility's
Westar Energy is the state leader in renewable energy with almost 700 MW of
renewable resources. The renewable energy sought through this RFP will allow
Westar to meet the 2016 requirement under the Kansas renewable energy standard.
Westar was the first utility in the state to provide wind energy on a commercial
scale with a pilot program almost 15 years ago. In 2007, Westar solicited bids
for renewable energy projects that culminated in adding nearly 300 MW of wind
energy. In 2012 Westar Energy added almost 400 MW from two wind farms. Westar
also serves its customers with electricity from a generator that uses landfill
gas from Rolling Meadows Landfill north of Topeka.
As a result of its efforts, all Westar Energy customers receive some of their
electricity each month from renewable resources. Westar's RENEW program allows
customers to choose to receive more of their electricity from renewable
More details of Westar Energy's renewable energy program are available at
Photos and video from Westar Energy's wind projects are available at
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Westar Energy, Inc. (NYSE: WR) is Kansas' largest electric utility. For more
than a century, we have provided Kansans the safe, reliable electricity needed
to power their businesses and homes. Every day our team of professionals takes
on projects to generate and deliver electricity, protect the environment and
provide excellent service to our nearly 700,000 customers. Westar has 7,200 MW
of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind and
landfill gas. We are also a leader in electric transmission in Kansas. Our
innovative customer service programs include mobile-enabled customer care, a
smart meter pilot project and paving the way for electric vehicle adoption. Our
employees live, volunteer and work in the communities we serve.
For more information about Westar Energy, visit us on the Internet at
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