January 31 (Renewables Now) - US power company Evergy Inc (NYSE:EVRG) on Thursday committed to an 80% reduction in its carbon footprint by 2050 and unveiled a plan to expand its wind portfolio with 660 MW of fresh capacity to support that target.
The utility, which operates in Kansas and Missouri, will source the fresh wind power from four projects, thus expanding its wind power capacity to 4,535 MW. More details about the specific projects are available in the table below.
|Project name||Project capacity (MW)||Location||Contracted capacity by Evergy||Developer|
|Expedition Wind||199||Marion County, Kansas||199||National Renewable Solutions|
|Flat Ridge 3 Wind||128||Kingman, Kansas||128||AEP Renewables|
|Jayhawk Wind||193||Crawford and Bourbon Counties, Kansas||155||Apex Clean Energy|
|Ponderosa Wind||200||Oklahoma||178||NextEra Resources LLC|
Evergy aims to reduce the carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions of its power generation assets by 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. Its interim goal is for a 40% reduction of its carbon footprint by the end of this year.
To fulfil the ambitious plan, the company intends to make “significant" investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency projects and shut down all of its coal-fired power plants at the end of their useful life. Possibly, it said it will add some natural gas generation capacity, provided that additional carbon-free generation is not available.