23 November 2004 – Electric customers in Kansas and Missouri this week saw the three-year anniversary of successful power production at the largest wind farm in Kansas, USA.
The wind farm, which is owned and operated by FPL Energy, has generated more than one million MWh of electricity since production began. Aquila Inc. purchases all power produced by the wind farm.
Since power generation began at the Gray County Wind Energy Centre on the southwest Kansas plains in November 2001, the facility has effectively replaced the equivalent of 606 000 tons of coal, or more than 12 billion cubic feet of natural gas that would have been used for electric generation, according to Aquila’s senior vice president, Keith Stamm.
In addition, the wind farm has offset generation emissions totalling one million tons of carbon dioxide, 2650 tons of sulphur dioxide, 2170 tons of nitrogen oxides and 43 pounds of mercury.
FPL Energy constructed the 170 turbine wind farm on 12 000 acres of land and they have a combined generating capacity of 112 MW, enough to power 33 000 homes.
Aquila’s 69 000 electric customers in Kansas and 285 000 in Missouri receive 100 MW of wind power, with the remaining 10 MW sold on the wholesale electric market. The wind farm provides 5.5 per cent of total power consumed by Aquila customers in Kansas and 2.8 per cent for Missouri customers.