McPherson Board of Public Utilities management announced that they have signed an agreement to purchase 30MW of renewable Kansas wind energy.

McPherson Board of Public Utilities management announced that they have signed an agreement to purchase 30MW of renewable Kansas wind energy.
This announcement follows their Nov. 6, 2015 press release stating they would be seeking requests for proposals for up to 20MW of renewable energy. Submissions were due by Dec. 15, 2015.
“We received over 20 competitive offers. However, the most attractive proposal was from their energy partners at Westar Energy,” BPU General Manager, Tim Maier said.
Westar made the announcement on Dec. 31, 2015 that they were expanding their wind power portfolio with Kingman wind farm.
The city of McPherson has maintained an interconnected partnership with Westar Energy since the 1960’s (then Kansas Power & Light) where the McPherson BPU agreed to serve as an on-call peak provider for Westar and in return, receive the opportunity to purchase wholesale electricity. This contract was recently extended to 2039. McPherson’s competitive and reliable rates are credited, in large part, to their relationship with Westar.
BPU officials said the primary driver in the decision to add renewables to their portfolio is that they understand customers are paying closer attention to their ecological footprint.
“We know that a stronger emphasis has been placed on performance metrics measuring energy efficiency and sustainability practices for many of our large industrial customers. They are expected not only to meet environmental standards but to exceed them. The McPherson BPU wants to support customer renewability, sustainability, and efficiency efforts and to be considered more of a partner in our customer’s green initiatives,” BPU Key Account Manager, Kasi Morales said.
BPU increased the amount of the renewable purchase to 30MW from 20MW. BPU expects roughly 15 percent of their energy supply will now come from this clean and renewable resource.
“Right now nearly all of the BPU’s purchased energy comes from fossil fuels. McPherson’s goal is to diversify its energy sources and given the favorable price of renewable energy, this is a good time to do that,” Maier said. “Present rates will not change; adding this renewable resource will not compromise BPU’s competitive and stable rate structure.”
Delivery of the renewable energy is expected to be in 2017.