July 1999 - Western Resources completed construction of two 750-kW wind turbines that, starting July 1st, will supply a wind power purchase option for the utility's customers. The "Westar Wind" program is available to all 620,000 customers served by KPL and KGE, the Kansas-based retail operating companies of Western Resources. The wind power is being sold in 100-kWh blocks at a price premium of $5.00 per month, or 5¢/kWh. Participants must enroll in the program for at least one year. The turbines will generate 3.6 million kWh of electricity per year, enough to supply the annual electricity needs of about 400 households.
News Release - Western Resources Dedicates Wind Turbines
May 1998 - Western Resources became the first Kansas-based utility to pursue the green power market when it announced its intention to offer a green pricing option to its customers. The utility will start the program with two 750-kW wind turbines, to be installed by the end of the year, with the possibility of expanding the project to as large as 50 MW if customer interest is strong enough. Product pricing has not yet been established.
News Release - Western Resources Announces Wind Power Project
Western Resources Contact: Robin Lampe (785) 575-6468