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Energy
7:34 am
Fri November 8, 2013

KCC Approves Route For High-Voltage Line

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.

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.

Energy
7:30 am
Thu November 7, 2013

Westar To Purchase Energy From Okla. Wind Farm

Westar Energy plans to purchase 200 megawatts of electricity from a northern Oklahoma wind farm expected to begin operating in late 2016.

The Topeka-based utility announced Wednesday that it had reached a purchase agreement with Virginia-based Apex Clean Energy.

Westar already has about 700 megawatts of electricity from renewable resources.

Apex plans to start building the 18,000-acre wind farm in 2015. The site is about six miles south of Arkansas City, Kan., where city manager Nickolaus Hernandez says the project is expected to boost the local economy.

Energy
5:37 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Koch Subsidiary To Buy Texas Electric Facility

A subsidiary of Koch Energy Services has entered into an agreement to buy an electric power generating facility in Texas.

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Energy
7:31 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Westar Seeks Renewable Energy Bids

Westar Energy Inc. is trying to expand its renewable energy portfolio.

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.

Westar has almost 700 megawatts of renewable energy resources in Kansas, in addition to its coal and natural gas power plants.

Energy
12:56 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes

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.

An attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.

CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.

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Energy
7:34 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Report: Kansas Among Fastest Growing Wind Markets

A new government report shows Kansas is among the largest and fastest-growing wind energy markets in the country.

The Energy Department says Kansas ranks third among all U.S. states in the percentage of in-state electricity generation from wind power.

The state installed more than 1,400 megawatts of new wind power capacity in 2012; Kansas' total capacity is now 2,713 megawatts.

The department says that Kansas now has enough capacity to generate more than 20 percent of its electricity from wind energy.

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Energy
5:37 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Farm Bill May Ease Rules For Coal Plant

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.

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Community
8:47 am
Wed May 22, 2013

Kansas Gets C- For Infrastructure

Civil engineers have given Kansas' infrastructure an overall C-minus grade.

The regional chapters of the American Society of Civil Engineers released their report card Wednesday.

It's an evaluation of the state's aviation, bridges, roads, dams, drinking water, energy, levees, railroads and schools.

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.

They awarded the highest grades for the state's roads and schools; both got a C-plus.

Energy
2:08 pm
Tue March 19, 2013

Bill To Roll Back Tougher Green Energy Standards Stalls In House Committee

Gray County Wind Farm near Montezuma, Kan.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

A new effort to roll back new green energy standards in Kansas utilities has stalled in the state Legislature. 

The House Energy and Environment Committee  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.  The tabled bill would rolled back the standard to 15 percent, not 20.

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Energy
5:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Westar To Help Customers With Energy Assistance Program

A Westar advisor will be in Wichita to help customers complete the paperwork for energy assistance.
Credit Westar Energy

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.

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.

Westar Energy spokesperson Gina Penzig says advisers are helping customers in several cities in Kansas complete the application process.

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