July 2, 2014
EDF Renewable Energy (EDF RE) announced the company has entered into a 20-year Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) with Great Plains Energy (NYSE: GXP), parent company of Midwestern utilities, Kansas City Power & Light and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations, for the 150-megawatt (MW) Slate Creek Wind Project in Kansas.
Slate Creek Wind Project, located on 17,000 acres approximately 50 miles south of Wichita, Kansas, in Sumner County, will consist of 75 Vestas 2.0 megawatt wind turbines. Construction is expected to commence in late 2014 with commercial operation anticipated by the end of 2015.
Kate O'Hair, Development Director for the Central Region of EDF Renewable Energy, commented, 'We look forward to once again delivering a successful and strong wind energy project to a utility partner from the Great Plains family; continuing to build on this long-term relationship of trust and confidence in EDF RE's ability to deliver and maintain quality wind projects that allow Great Plains to diversify its generation portfolio with sustainable wind energy.'
'This new wind project will add cleaner, more renewable energy to our region,' said Great Plains Energy President and CEO Terry Bassham. 'We are proud to partner with EDF Renewable Energy in continuing our commitment to adding more environmentally friendly generation to our energy mix.'
EDF Renewable Energy is one of the largest renewable energy developers in North America with 5.7 gigawatts of wind, solar, biomass, and biogas projects developed throughout the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. With the addition of Slate Creek in 2015, EDF RE will have developed nearly 400 MW of wind energy projects in Kansas; providing clean energy to KCP&L customers.
About EDF Renewable Energy:
EDF Renewable Energy is a leading U.S. independent power producer with more than 25 years of expertise in the renewable industry, covering all range of services from project development, management to operations and maintenance. EDF Renewable Energy specializes in wind and solar photovoltaic with presence in other segments of the renewable energy market: biogas, biomass, hydro, marine energy and storage solutions. The company develops, constructs, operates and manages renewable energy projects throughout the United States for its own accord as well as for third parties. EDF Renewable Energy's portfolio consists of 4 gigawatts of developed projects with 1.9 gigawatts of installed capacity. EDF Renewable Energy is the U.S. subsidiary of EDF Energies Nouvelles. EDF Energies Nouvelles is the renewable energy arm of the EDF group, the leading electricity company in the world.
About Great Plains Energy:
Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company (KCP&L) and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest. KCP&L and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company use KCP&L as a brand name. More information about the companies is available on the Internet at: www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.
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