Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L) plans to inject a significant investment to expand its energy-efficiency programmes and wind energy projects.
KCP&L has requested the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) for the expansion of energy-efficiency programs including offering rebates for recycling older, inefficient appliances and for replacing inefficient heating and cooling systems, under the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act.
The energy-efficiency expansion, which will include residential and commercial programmes currently available to some KCP&L's Missouri customers, will give customers an enhanced control over their energy use and costs.
The company also plans to buy 400MW of power from two new wind facilities under 20-year power purchase agreements.
EDP Renewables will build and operate the first wind farm facility in Kansas, while Element Power will build and operate the other wind facility in Missouri. The two wind facilities, each with a capacity of 200MW, are expected to become operational in 2016.
The wind projects, which will increase the company's total wind energy portfolio to 939MW, are eligible for federal wind tax credits expired at the end of 2013 that will allow KCP&L to take full advantage of such credits.
The wind projects, which reduce fuel and other costs, would be a cheaper alternative to supplement base-load generation than purchasing power from other locations. However, wind turbines cannot yet replace base-load generation, KCP&L said.
KCP&L president and CEO Terry Bassham said, "These investments continue our commitment to move toward a more sustainable energy future in an affordable way. We are committed to providing our customers with long-term energy solutions that reduce cost and offer more control of energy use."
MPSC will review KCP&L's request and make a final ruling within 120 days and the programs will be available to all of KCP&L's Missouri customers upon approval.
If these proposed additions are approved, KCP&L is claimed to be having the largest amounts of renewable generation and energy-efficiency investment of any investor-owned utility in the states of Missouri and Kansas.