Westar's decision to add more renewable resources will hinge on overall costs, adequate transmission capacity to deliver renewable energy to its customers, the status of state and federal policy on renewable resources, and regulatory treatment.
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.
Earlier this year, Westar obtained development rights to the Ironwood Wind Farm site in southwest Kansas. Under the request for proposals (RFP), Westar will offer a portion of the Ironwood land rights for this PPA. Proposals are due Sept. 2. The company expects to announce its selection by year end.