Westar Energy is adding to its renewable energy portfolio through a new wind farm, while retiring two older natural gas plants in Wichita. KMUW's Deborah Shaar has the story.
Westar announced Tuesday that it plans to buy wind energy from a new wind farm going up in two western Kansas counties.
The Cedar Bluff wind farm is expected to be running by the end of 2015. It’ll provide Westar with 200 megawatts of electricity.
Kansas lawmakers have preserved a requirement that utilities rely on wind and other renewable resources to generate some of their electricity.
The conservative groups that lobbied for its repeal are promising to return to the Statehouse next year to renew their campaign.
They’re protesting a law that mandates utilities generate at least 20 percent of their peak energy needs by the year 2020.
Critics of the mandate could get a bill repealing it through the Senate this year but not the House.
The Kansas House has rejected a bill to repeal the state's renewable energy standards by a vote of 44-77.
The standards require 20 percent of Kansas power generation to come from renewable sources by 2020.
Supporters of the requirement say it has driven economic growth through the wind industry.
Opponents of the standards argue wind energy needs to compete on its own merits without state support.