KCP&L To Expand Energy Conservation, Wind Power

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Kansas City Power & Light Co. announced plans to expand two of its energy-efficiency programs. One of the programs doubles the utility’s wind-generating capacity to serve 124,000 homes, and the other opens the rebate programs under the Missouri Energy Efficient Investment Act to all of KCP&L’s Missouri customers. The move counters environmentalists’ criticism that an earlier conservation-incentive plan wasn’t comprehensive enough.

KCP&L said it plans to buy 400 megawatts of power from two new wind turbine facilities, increasing its wind energy portfolio to 939 megawatts. The two new wind facilities — expected to produce power by early 2016 — will be built in Holt County and in Coffey County, Kan.

There is no rate increase associated with the announcements, and the utility said it has no plans for increases in the next two years. The commission has 120 days to review and rule on the filing. Ameren, the St. Louis-based utility, has a similar energy-conservation program approved by the utility commission.

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