Westar Energy Kansas Plant

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{{#badges: CoalSwarm}} Westar Energy had plans to build a coal plant in Kansas; however the unnamed plant has been on hold since December 2006. [1]

In February, 2008, Westar Energy announced a new strategic plan that "embraces state and federal policies encouraging greater reliance on energy efficiency and the development of more transmission and renewable energy sources. It also calls for deferring as long as possible constructing a new conventional coal plant, but maintaining existing coal plants and making substantial investments in them to improve their environmental performance."[2]

On March 28, 2008, the Emporia Gazette reported that Westar Energy has declared "a moratorium on construction of coal-fired power plants. The company has taken a look at the rising costs and the uncertain regulatory future and decided that, right now, investing in coal plants is an unwarranted gamble."[3]

Project Details

Sponsor: Westar Energy
Location: Kansas
Capacity: 600 MW
Projected in service: 2013
Status: On indefinite hold


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  1. “Tracking New Coal-Fired Power Plants,” National Energy Technology Lab, May 1, 2007, page 13. (Pdf)
  2. "Westar Energy publishes comprehensive energy plan," company press release, 2/22/08
  3. Patrick Kelley "The Veto," emporiagazette.com, 3/24/08

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