Kansas firm moves ahead on wind as rule is debated

(KSNT Photo/Bob Thibault)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The largest electric company in Kansas says it will purchase power from a wind farm under development to meet a state renewable-energy mandate for utilities.

Westar Energy’s announcement Tuesday comes with legislators preparing to debate repealing the requirement.

Westar said it will purchase power from the Cedar Bluffs wind farm in Ness and Trego counties in western Kansas after the farm begins operating by the end of next year. The Topeka-based utility said the new wind farm will provide 200 megawatts of power.

Westar said the plans are part of its efforts to comply with a state law requiring renewable resources to make up 20 percent of utilities’ generating capacity by 2020.

But some legislators want to repeal the rule after convening their annual session Jan. 12.


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