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Topeka, Kan.-based Westar Energy Inc. has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for up to 500 MW of renewable resources.
In the request for bids, Westar said it expects up to 200 MW of the generation to be online by late 2010 and the remainder online by late 2013.

The request invites firms to submit proposals wherein Westar Energy would own the facility after development and construction. Additionally, bidders may provide other options to Westar, including entering into an agreement to sell to Westar the electricity produced at the facility or other options bidders believe would be attractive to the utility and its customers.

Westar requires that wind power proposals adhere to the guidelines set forth by the Kansas Energy Council. These guidelines address matters of interest to communities and natural resources near potential wind power sites. Westar is also requiring that all proposals address potential environmental impacts at proposed locations.

Westar presently has 295 MW of wind resources, representing 6% of its customers' peak demand. An additional 200 MW is needed to meet a 10% renewable level.

Deadline: March 30.

For more information: westarenergy.com.

SOURCE: Westar Energy Inc.


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