enXco, an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company, and KCP&L have entered into a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) for a 100.8 megawatt wind energy facility to be built in Ford County, Kansas, 17 miles northeast of Dodge City.
The agreement was finalized in November 2011. enXco will develop, build, and own the Spearville 3 Wind Power Project, consisting of 63 General Electric (GE) XLE wind turbines, while KCP&L will buy the power generated under a 20-year power purchase agreement.
The wind farm anticipates the commencement of construction in late Q1 2012 with expected commercial operation achieved by the end of December 2012.
"The project’s proximity to other enXco developed wind farm facilities, along with near-term constructability and advanced development status, allows both development and transmission synergies," said Tristan Grimbert, president & CEO of enXco. "We look forward to once again delivering a successful project to our utility partner who has demonstrated both trust and confidence in the EDF EN Group to deliver wind projects and diversify their generation portfolio."
"In this region of the country, wind is an abundant renewable resource. We believe that pursuing wind energy development at this time will bring the benefits of that resource to our customers," said Terry Bassham, president and chief operating officer of KCP&L.
With Spearville 3, enXco has developed 52 renewable energy facilities representing over 3,300 megawatts.
enXco — an EDF Energies Nouvelles Company — develops, constructs, owns, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States. For more than two decades, we have been a leader in wind-energy focusing on large-scale wind projects. Today enXco’s portfolio includes solar and biomass technologies, in an effort to help drive our nation’s transition to a sustainable energy economy. enXco is a significant owner and developer of wind-energy installations in the United States, and is the leading third-party operations & maintenance provider for wind farms in North America.
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company use KCP&L as a brand name.