Duke Energy, Sumitomo to dedicate second Kansas wind farm

CHARLOTTE, N.C., Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Duke Energy Renewables and Sumitomo Corp. of America, part of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Corp., announced today the completion of the second of the joint venture partners’ two Kansas wind farms – the Ironwood Windpower Project in Ford County.

Topeka-based Westar Energy purchases all of the zero-emission electricity and associated renewable energy credits produced by the 168-megawatt (MW) Ironwood Windpower Project under the terms of a 20-year agreement.

Duke Energy Renewables, a commercial business unit of Duke Energy, sold a 50-percent stake in Ironwood and the 131-MW Cimarron II Windpower Project in Gray County to Sumitomo Corp. of America in April. Duke Energy Renewables operates and maintains Ironwood and Cimarron II, with Sumitomo Corp. of America actively involved in management of the projects.

The companies will host a dedication event for the Kansas windpower projects in Dodge City on Oct. 25, followed by a tour of the facilities.