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Westar Energy to boost wind energy resources

Kansas, already one of the nation’s leaders in providing wind energy, is expected to get a boost from a new wind farm planned in Pratt County, Kan.
Kansas, already one of the nation’s leaders in providing wind energy, is expected to get a boost from a new wind farm planned in Pratt County, Kan. AP

Westar Energy said Tuesday it plans to purchase energy from a wind farm to be developed in Pratt County, Kan.

The Topeka-based utility said the purchase will boost its renewable energy commitment from all sources to about 1,300 megawatts— the equivalent of the power consumption of about half the homes it serves.

The 200-megawatt wind farm will be constructed by an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC. Work is expected to begin by early 2016, and the project should be providing energy by the end of next year.

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