Evergy announced last week 660 MW of new wind energy.
Evergy will purchase wind energy from Expedition Wind developed by National Renewable Solutions in Marion County, Flat Ridge 3 developed by AEP Renewables near Kingman, Jayhawk Wind developed by Apex Clean Energy in Bourbon and Crawford counties and Ponderosa Wind developed by NextEra.
These additional investments in wind power will not only create hundreds of jobs during construction and permanent jobs when the wind farms become operational, but will also provide financial support, initially through donations to schools and communities hosting wind farms, followed by property taxes far into the future.
Landowners leasing their land will have a new crop to depend on for income to help them manage dips in commodity prices or climate-related weather disasters.
Evergy’s goal is to reduce carbon emissions to 80% below 2005 levels by 2050. The recent International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report warned that to keep global warming under 1.5 degrees Celsius, which is what the Paris Climate Accord requires, human-caused emissions of carbon will have to fall to zero by 2050.
Since CO2 emissions build up in the atmosphere and remain there for centuries, carbon emissions from coal plants need to be cut in half by 2030 from 2016 levels, not 2005, as Evergy’s goal states.
With wind and solar resources and a real commitment to reduce carbon, Evergy hopes that the organization and Kansas can lead the nation in the clean energy economy.