Energy Efficiency, Sourcing Renewables, Wind - December 10, 2018
University of Kansas signs wind PPA
The University of Kansas has signed a 20-year wind PPA to cover roughly 100% of its electricity needs. The agreement, signed with Westar Energy, will provide the campus with 31 MW from the 300-MW Soldier Creek Wind farm, which is expected to begin operations by the end of 2020.
A report from Windpower Engineering said, “In Kansas, the Direct Renewable Participation Service (DRPS) tariff, passed by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC) in July 2018, enables large commercial and industrial customers to contract with Westar Energy for wind energy supply at a lower rate than the utility’s current offerings.” The University is expected to save almost 22% on energy costs through this agreement.
“Being able to avoid the volatility of fuel prices and lock in at a lower fuel price helps us save money now, meet campus sustainability goals and have electricity from wind for 20 years,” said Carl Lejuez, interim provost and executive vice chancellor.
The report noted that the campus is also working to reduce energy consumption through conservation and is developing a comprehensive energy plan focused on providing energy-efficient, responsible, cost-effective operations. Previous energy conservation efforts have saved the university $800,000 each year, and a new plan will provide goals and strategies for prioritizing and investing in energy conservation efforts.