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Topeka, Kan.-based utility Westar Energy Inc. has reached an agreement with Apex Clean Energy to purchase 200 MW from a wind farm Apex will build near Arkansas City.

The project is near one of Westar's recently constructed high-voltage transmission lines, meaning that hooking it up will be less costly and less disruptive, according to the company. Construction on the wind farm is anticipated to begin in 2015, with the project expected to begin providing electricity in late 2016.

"For the first time, we've been able to add renewable energy at a cost comparable to our other energy resources," says Mark Ruelle, CEO of Westar.


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