Westar Energy (NYSE: WR) announced May 26 that it will grow its renewable energy commitment to nearly 1,300 MW with the purchase of wind energy from a 200-MW wind farm to be constructed on its behalf in Pratt County, Kansas, by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC.
“Kansas wind provides the best economic fit to make renewable energy available and affordable for all our customers,” said Mark Ruelle, Westar Energy president and chief executive officer. “Westar is the state’s largest supporter of renewables, and we are excited to add more clean Kansas wind energy to our energy supply.”
The Ninnescah wind farm will be built beginning late this year or early 2016 and will begin providing energy by the end of 2016. It is expected to bring to nearby communities about $300 million in capital investment, up to 200 construction jobs and several permanent jobs.
Westar Energy is Kansas’ largest electric utility. Westar has 7,200 MW of electric generation capacity fueled by coal, uranium, natural gas, wind, solar and landfill gas.