EDF, Great Plains sign power deal for wind project

EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) and Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP) said July 2 that they have entered into a 20-year contract for Great Plains to buy electricity from the 150-MW Slate Creek wind project in Kansas.

The Slate Creek wind project is located on 17,000 acres about 50 miles south of Wichita, Kan., in Sumner County. The project would consist of 75 Vestas 2-MW wind turbines. Construction is expected to commence in late 2014 with commercial operation anticipated by the end of 2015.

Great Plains Energy is the parent of Midwestern utilities Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations.

EDF RE Development Director Kate O’Hair said the agreement builds upon an existing relationship with Great Plains.

“This new wind project will add cleaner, more renewable energy to our region,” said Great Plains Energy President and CEO Terry Bassham. “We are proud to partner with EDF Renewable Energy in continuing our commitment to adding more environmentally friendly generation to our energy mix.”

EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 5.7 GW of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With the addition of Slate Creek in 2015, EDF RE will have developed nearly 400 MW of wind energy projects in Kansas.

Kansas has a renewable portfolio standard that targets 20% of peak demand capacity by 2020.

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