Great Plains Energy strikes PPAs for 444 MW of wind in Kansas

EDPR's Maple Ridge wind farm in the US. Source: EDPR. License: All rights reserved.

March 1 (Renewables Now) - US utility Great Plains Energy Inc (NYSE:GXP) will buy the output of 444 MW of wind farms in Kansas under off-take deals with EDP Renovaveis SA (ELI:EDPR) and NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE).

In a press release published earlier this week, the Kansas-based utility said it has signed two power purchase agreements (PPAs) that will lift its wind power capacity to over 1,800 MW, which will represent nearly 25% of its power generation capacity in 2019.

More specifically, Great Plains Energy will buy 244 MW from the Pratt Wind Energy Center in Kansas’ Pratt county, owned by a unit of NextEra Energy Resources. The second PPA was signed with EDP Renovaveis, or EDP Renewables, calling for the purchase of the 200-MW Prairie Queen wind park’s output in Allen County. The two facilities are expected to be switched on by end-2018 and May 31, 2019, respectively.

The contracted capacity will be enough to meet the demand of more than 160,000 households, Great Plains Energy said.

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