KCP&L currently owns and operates the Spearville Wind Generation Facility, a 100.5 MW wind farm in Spearville, Kansas that became operational in 2006. The Spearville Wind Generation Facility generates enough electricity annually to supply approximately 33,000 homes. If fully developed, the wind projects contemplated in these RFP’s would provide a clean source of power for approximately 100,000 homes.
"KCP&L is committed to renewable energy sources, such as wind energy, as part of our total energy portfolio," said Mike Chesser, Chairman and CEO of KCP&L. "We believe a progressive and balanced approach to power generation is the best strategy, and today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to a more sustainable, cleaner energy future for our region."
The following RFP’s are being distributed:
1. The first RFP invites companies to submit proposals to construct and own a 100.5 MW addition at the Spearville Wind Generation Facility and sell the power to KCP&L under a 20-year power purchase agreement starting in August 2010.
2. The second RFP has two parts:
a. The first part invites companies, as an alternative to the Spearville addition, to submit proposals to provide KCP&L with 100 MW of wind power through a power purchase agreement starting in August 2010.
b. The second part invites companies to submit proposals for up to an additional 200 MW of wind power starting in October 2011. Proposals under the second part of this RFP could include power purchase agreements or arrangements where KCP&L would own and operate the facilities after development and construction.
KCP&L will look for the best, most cost-effective projects for the company and its customers, while remaining mindful of economic development opportunities within the region.
"From its support of mandatory renewable energy standards, to its landmark agreement with the Sierra Club and environmental upgrades to its coal-fired power plants, KCP&L has demonstrated its commitment to a cleaner and sustainable energy future," explained David Warm, Executive Director of the Mid-America Regional Council (MARC). "These wind projects will serve as a catalyst for the creation of next-generation clean energy jobs and improve air quality in our region for years to come."
The requests for proposals are available on KCP&L’s Web site at www.kcpl.com. Proposals are due January 11, 2010, at which time KCP&L will begin reviewing the submissions.
Kansas City Power & Light: 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 and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at http://www.greatplainsenergy.com and http://www.kcpl.com