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Kansas City Power & Light Co. (KCP&L) plans to purchase 400 MW of power from two new wind facilities in the Kansas City region. In addition, the utility has requested to expand its energy efficiency programs to all of its Missouri customers under the Missouri Energy Efficiency Investment Act.

The first renewable energy facility will be built and operated by EDP Renewables near Waverly in Coffey County, Kan. The second facility will be built in Holt County, Mo., 20 miles northwest of St. Joseph and will be constructed and operated by Element Power. KCP&L says that each facility will be capable of producing up to 200 MW of electricity, and both are expected to be online and producing power by the beginning of 2016.

KCP&L also filed with the Missouri Public Service Commission (MPSC) to expand its energy efficiency programs to all of its Missouri customers. If approved, the utility notes that this expansion will include several residential and commercial energy efficiency programs currently available to some of its Missouri customers that are designed to improve lighting and provide rebates for recycling older, inefficient appliances and replacing inefficient heating and cooling systems, among other programs.

The MPSC has 120 days to review and make a final ruling on the filing.

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