September 1999 - According to numerous press accounts, customers of UtiliCorp United's WestPlains Energy subsidiary are now "eligible to enter a random drawing to become among the first in Kansas to purchase wind-generated electric power." Beginning in August, the utility included program information in the monthly billing statement. Customers selected will be able to purchase one, 100-kWh block of wind energy to supplement their normal usage for which they will pay an additional $5.00 per month or 5¢/kWh. The average household uses 600 to 700 kWh per month. Participation is limited to 320 out of about 66,000 Kansas customers served by WestPlains.
The wind energy will come from the two-turbine wind power project constructed by Western Resources in northeastern Kansas; UtiliCorp has contracted for about 15% of the project's power output, or 600,000 kWh annually. UtiliCorp recently extended the wind energy offer to customers of its Missouri Public Service subsidiary, which provides electric service to 200,000 customers in Missouri.
UtiliCorp Contact: Basil Iwashyna (816) 467-3684