Great Plains Energy Expands Renewable Energy Portfolio with Two New Kansas Wind Facilities

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Wind facilities in Pratt County and Allen County to go online in 2018-19

Kansas City, Mo. (February 26, 2018) — Today Great Plains Energy announced plans to increase its renewable energy portfolio with the signing of two power purchase agreements (PPA) for an additional 444 megawatts (MW) of power from two new wind facilities owned by both EDP Renewables and NextEra Energy Resources in Kansas. That’s enough energy to power more than 160,000 homes.

This announcement will increase Great Plains Energy’s wind resources to more than 1,800 MW of wind capacity which will be approximately 25% of the company’s generating portfolio in 2019. The company also recently announced construction of the 300 MW Rock Creek Wind Farm in Atchison County, Missouri was completed in November.

“We are pleased to grow our renewable energy portfolio available for serving our customers while expanding our commitment to sustainability with clean electricity generated from these wind farms,” said KCP&L Vice President of Generation, Duane Anstaett.”

Great Plains Energy will purchase the power generated by 244 MW from Pratt Wind Energy Center, located in Pratt County, Kan., owned by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources. The second wind farm is a 200 MW facility named Prairie Queen Wind Farm, located in Allen County, KS and owned by EDP Renewables. Pratt Wind is expected to complete construction by December 31, 2018 and Prairie Queen Wind Farm is expected to complete construction by May 31, 2019. 

“With the Pratt Wind project we are bringing a nearly $300 million investment to Kansas, creating good jobs and extra revenue for communities and landowners,” said John DiDonato, vice president of renewable development for NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest generator of wind and solar energy. “We look forward to working with KCP&L to bring more renewable energy and value to their customers.”

“With this executed deal, EDP Renewables will expand its footprint in Kansas to a total of 600 MW,” said Steve Irvin, Executive Vice President – Central and Western Regions and Mexico. “EDP Renewables looks forward to bringing clean, pollution-free energy to the state of Kansas and providing a number of economic benefits to its communities.”

 

About Great Plains Energy:

Headquartered in Kansas City, Mo., Great Plains Energy Incorporated (NYSE: GXP) is the holding company of Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company, two of the leading regulated providers of electricity in the Midwest.  Kansas City Power & Light Company and KCP&L Greater Missouri Operations Company use KCP&L as a brand name.  More information about the companies is available on the Internet at: www.greatplainsenergy.com or www.kcpl.com.

About NextEra Energy:

NextEra Energy, Inc. (NYSE: NEE) is a leading clean energy company with consolidated revenues of approximately $17.5 billion and approximately 14,300 employees in 27 states and Canada as of year-end 2015, as well as approximately 45,000 megawatts of generating capacity, which includes megawatts associated with noncontrolling interests related to NextEra Energy Partners, LP (NYSE: NEP) as of April 2016. Headquartered in Juno Beach, Fla., NextEra Energy’s principal subsidiaries are Florida Power & Light Company, which serves more than 4.8 million customer accounts in Florida and is one of the largest rate-regulated electric utilities in the United States, and NextEra Energy Resources, LLC, which, together with its affiliated entities, is the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the wind and sun. Through its subsidiaries, NextEra Energy generates clean, emissions-free electricity from eight commercial nuclear power units in Florida, New Hampshire, Iowa and Wisconsin. A Fortune 200 company and included in the S&P 100 index, NextEra Energy has been recognized often by third parties for its efforts in sustainability, corporate responsibility, ethics and compliance, and diversity, and has been ranked No. 1 in the electric and gas utilities industry in Fortune’s 2016 list of “World's Most Admired Companies.” For more information about NextEra Energy companies, visit these websites: www.NextEraEnergy.com, www.FPL.com, www.NextEraEnergyResources.com.

About EDP Renewables:

EDP Renewables (Euronext: EDPR) is a global leader in the renewable energy sector and the world’s fourth-largest wind energy producer. With a sound development pipeline, first class assets and market-leading operating capacity, EDPR has undergone exceptional development in recent years and is currently present in 12 markets (Belgium, Brazil, Canada, France, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, the UK and the US). Energias de Portugal, S.A. (“EDP”), the principal shareholder of EDPR, is a global energy company and a leader in value creation, innovation and sustainability. EDP has been a Dow Jones Sustainability Index for 10 consecutive years. For further information, please visit www.edpr.com.