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Westar Plans to Buy Wind Power from New Kansas Plant

A view of the Elk River Wind Farm (Image credit: The Beaumont Hotel, Beaumont KS)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Westar Energy says it plans to buy energy from a new wind farm to be built in Pratt County. The utility company announced Tuesday that it will buy the electricity generated at a a 200-megawatt facility built by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources. The Ninnescah wind farm is expected to be operational by late 2016. The company said in a news release that the new wind energy purchase will increase Westar's renewable energy commitment to nearly 1,300 megawatts. The project is expected to create about $300 million in capital investment and about 200 temporary construction jobs.



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