Westar Energy plans to add 369 MW of wind energy to portfolio

Westar Energy and two wind farm development companies have reached tentative agreements for Westar to purchase electricity produced by them at Kansas wind farms to be developed. On Nov. 10, Westar filed with the Kansas Corporation Commission for approval of the purchase agreements. The agreements are contingent on final negotiations, respective board approvals and satisfactory regulatory approval.

Westar is entering into a contract to purchase 201 MW of energy from the Post Rock Wind Farm to be developed by Wind Capital Group in Ellsworth and Lincoln counties. The wind farm plans to use General Electric 1.5 MW wind turbines. A contract with Duke Energy Generation Services will be for about 168 MW of wind energy produced at the Ironwood Wind Power Project site in Ford and Hodgeman counties, a development site already owned by Westar, but which Westar made available to developers, the company said.