Westar gets power surge from 400 MW of new Kansas wind farms

Westar Energy filed on Jan. 6 at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission a non-material notice of change in status related to three long-term firm power purchase agreements (PPAs) under which Westar purchases about 400 MW from newly-operational wind facilities located within the Southwest Power Pool balancing authority area in Kansas.

Westar also informed the commission of the addition of approximately 29 miles of a 345-kV transmission line that was placed in service on Dec. 7, 2016.

Westar, together with wholly-owned subsidiary Kansas Gas and Electric, has slightly more than 6,000 MW of electric generation capacity, operates and coordinates approximately 35,000 miles of electric distribution and transmission lines, and provides retail and wholesale electric service to approximately 702,000 customers.

Under three long-term firm PPAs, Westar now purchases:

  • 200 MW of generation capacity from Ninnescah Wind Energy LLC;
  • 100 MW of generation capacity from Kingman Wind Energy I LLC; and
  • 100 MW of generation capacity from Kingman Wind Energy II LLC.

Each of these facilities is interconnected to the transmission system owned by Westar and operated by the SPP. The Ninnescah facility reached commercial operation on Dec. 9, 2016, and each of Kingman I and Kingman II reached commercial operation on Dec. 19, 2016. The Ninnescah PPA is in effect until Dec. 9, 2036, and the Kingman PPAs are in effect until Dec. 19, 2036.

Also, Westar has placed approximately 29 miles of new 345-kV transmission facilities in service. This line connects the Summit substation located southeast of Salina, Kansas, to a new substation located southeast of Concordia, Kansas, near the existing Elm Creek substation.

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Barry Cassell is Chief Analyst for GenerationHub covering coal and emission controls issues, projects and policy. He has covered the coal and power generation industry for more than 24 years, beginning in November 2011 at GenerationHub and prior to that as editor of SNL Energy’s Coal Report. He was formerly with Coal Outlook for 15 years as the publication’s editor and contributing writer, and prior to that he was editor of Coal & Synfuels Technology and associate editor of The Energy Report. He has a bachelor’s degree from Central Michigan University.