21 May 2009 — Westar Energy Inc. plans to spend up to $380 million upgrading pollution control systems on its 530 MW coal-fired Lawrence Energy Center in Kansas.
Westar plans to build new filtration systems and rebuild the sulfur dioxide scrubbers for two of its three Lawrence units. It also plans to improve the burners on all three units.
The Topeka-based utility expects construction work to start next year and to finish by 2013. The upgrades are in keeping with a climate change policy Westar announced nearly two years ago.
Westar estimated it spent $243 million on pollution controls in 2008, most of it at its coal-burning Jeffrey Energy Center, about 30 miles northwest of Topeka.
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