energy http://kmuw.org en KCC Approves Route For High-Voltage Line http://kmuw.org/post/kcc-approves-route-high-voltage-line <p>The Kansas Corporation Commission has approved a route for a Texas company's proposed $7 billion high-voltage line that would funnel power from wind farms in southwest Kansas to out-of-state sites.<br /><br />The KCC has approved Clean Line Energy's route for the line. In Kansas, the transmission line would run 370 miles from wind farms in Ford County to Missouri, across Illinois and into Indiana. Clean Line still needs approval in Missouri and Illinois.<br /> Fri, 08 Nov 2013 13:34:58 +0000 Associated Press 26012 at http://kmuw.org Westar To Purchase Energy From Okla. Wind Farm http://kmuw.org/post/westar-purchase-energy-okla-wind-farm <p>Westar Energy plans to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a northern Oklahoma wind farm expected to begin operating in late 2016.<br /><br />The Topeka-based utility announced Wednesday that it had reached a purchase agreement with Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy.<br /><br />Westar already has about 700 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources.<br /> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 13:30:55 +0000 Associated Press 25954 at http://kmuw.org Koch Subsidiary To Buy Texas Electric Facility http://kmuw.org/post/koch-subsidiary-buy-texas-electric-facility <p>A subsidiary of Koch Energy Services has entered into an agreement to buy an electric power generating facility in Texas. Tue, 08 Oct 2013 22:37:17 +0000 Associated Press 24583 at http://kmuw.org Westar Seeks Renewable Energy Bids http://kmuw.org/post/westar-seeks-renewable-energy-bids <p>Westar Energy Inc. is trying to expand its renewable energy portfolio.<br><br>The state's largest electric utility says it's accepting proposals from developers to add at least 80 megawatts of wind energy production, through September 13. Westar wants to enter into long-term contracts to help it meet state renewable energy requirements for 2016. The standard requires utilities to get 15 percent of their peak power through renewable sources.<br><br>Westar has almost 700 megawatts of renewable energy resources in Kansas, in addition to its coal and natural gas power plants.<br> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 12:31:54 +0000 Associated Press 22360 at http://kmuw.org Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes http://kmuw.org/post/westar-asking-too-much-money-consumer-advocate-group-says-yes <p>A Kansas consumer advocate agency is saying that Westar Energy, Inc. can make necessary environmental improvements at its power plants with a smaller rate increase than it requested.</p><p>An attorney for the<a href="http://curb.kansas.gov/"> Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board</a> filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.</p><p>CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.</p> Thu, 22 Aug 2013 17:56:12 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 22325 at http://kmuw.org Report: Kansas Among Fastest Growing Wind Markets http://kmuw.org/post/report-kansas-among-fastest-growing-wind-markets <p>A new government report shows Kansas is among the largest and fastest-growing wind energy markets in the country.<br><br>The Energy Department says Kansas ranks third among all U.S. states in the percentage of in-state electricity generation from wind power.<br><br>The state installed more than 1,400 megawatts of new wind power capacity in 2012; Kansas' total capacity is now 2,713 megawatts.<br><br>The department says that Kansas now has enough capacity to generate more than 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy.<br> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 12:34:19 +0000 Associated Press 21562 at http://kmuw.org Farm Bill May Ease Rules For Coal Plant http://kmuw.org/post/farm-bill-may-ease-rules-coal-plant <p></p><p>The U.S. House-approved farm bill contains a provision that environmentalists say would ease rules for building a coal-burning power plant in southwest Kansas. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 22:37:41 +0000 Associated Press 20554 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-gets-c-infrastructure <p>Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.<br><br>The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.<br><br>It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.<br><br>The engineers found the most faults with the state's bridges and dams, rating them a D-minus. They say Kansas has nearly 3,000 structurally deficient bridges.<br><br>They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.<br> Wed, 22 May 2013 13:47:09 +0000 Associated Press 17627 at http://kmuw.org Bill To Roll Back Tougher Green Energy Standards Stalls In House Committee http://kmuw.org/post/bill-roll-back-tougher-green-energy-standards-stalls-house-committee <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new effort to roll back new green energy standards in Kansas utilities has stalled in the state Legislature.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The House Energy and Environment Committee &nbsp;tabled a bill today that would put off a requirement for utilities to generate at least 20 percent of its energy with renewable resources by the year 2020. &nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The tabled bill would rolled back the standard to 15 percent, not 20.</span></p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 19:08:17 +0000 Kate Clause 14392 at http://kmuw.org Bill To Roll Back Tougher Green Energy Standards Stalls In House Committee Westar To Help Customers With Energy Assistance Program http://kmuw.org/post/westar-help-customers-energy-assistance-program <p>Westar Energy advisers will be in Wichita Wednesday as part of an outreach program that helps low income Kansans fill out applications for assistance with home energy costs.</p><p>The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program or (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their utility bills by providing a one-time per year benefit.</p><p>Westar Energy spokesperson Gina Penzig says advisers are helping customers in several cities in Kansas complete the application process.</p> Wed, 20 Feb 2013 11:41:32 +0000 Carla Eckels 12985 at http://kmuw.org Westar To Help Customers With Energy Assistance Program