Westar gets Kansas OK to sell green energy direct to businesses

first_imgWestar gets Kansas OK to sell green energy direct to businesses FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Topeka Capital-Journal:Westar Energy launched a new program this week that its leader called “a powerful economic development tool” that will allow businesses access to wind energy.On Tuesday, the Kansas Corporation Commission gave its stamp of approval to the Direct Renewable Participation Service. That opened the way for Westar to announce Wednesday that it had reached a 20-year agreement with an affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources LLC to purchase energy from a new 300 megawatt wind farm that is being developed in Nemaha County.“The KCC unlocked a powerful economic development tool. Many large companies want affordable green energy when they choose sites for expansion or new facilities,” said Terry Bassham, president and CEO of Evergy, which operates as Westar Energy and KCP&L. “We are harnessing Kansas wind to attract and grow Kansas businesses. Wind energy boosts our local economies starting with the new wind farm jobs and the lease payments to landowners hosting the wind farm all the way to the communities that grow as businesses choose Kansas.”The program offers businesses a way to meet their sustainability goals by tapping into Kansas wind energy, said Westar spokeswoman Gina Penzig. “There are a lot of large companies that when looking either expanding their facilities or looking at new facilities, they’re really interested in affordable, renewable energy,” she said, adding that having a direct connection to a Kansas wind farm offers a tangible opportunity for those companies.Businesses that participate will be able to claim a portion of the energy generated by the wind farm, to be called the Soldier Creek Wind Energy Center, as their own. The new program is aimed at large commercial customers, she said.“It provides a direct access,” Penzig said. “First of all, the pricing is based on the price agreed to with the wind farm developer. So they’re getting to see some of the great prices available from Kansas renewables today. In addition, they are able to tell their stakeholders that they have a direct piece of Soldier Creek Wind Farm in Kansas. They don’t have an ownership share, but there’s a portion of the wind energy produced at that wind farm that is dedicated to them and is going to their operations.”More: In the wind: Westar launches push to meet business green energy needslast_img read more

Family sanctuary feels like a tropical getaway

first_imgThe kitchen is part of the open-plan living area. Picture: supplied.Upstairs, there is another living space with built-in study area while the main bedroom has an ensuite and all four bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. There is also a family bathroom on this level.The kitchen and bathrooms have recently been renovated and the home has been repainted. Mr Edmondson said his favourite thing about the home was the outdoor areas, including the resort-style pool, back deck and landscaped front and back yards. 8 Margaret Crescent, WakerleyTHIS family home was built to be a parkside sanctuary with a tropical resort feel. Owners Paul and Karen Edmondson fought to get the block at 8 Margaret Cres, Wakerley as it was the only one in Mossvale estate with direct front door access to the park. They built their dream four-bedroom home in 2008. “We’ve loved it. We’ve invested quite a lot in creating a sanctuary that we can come home to after a tiring week,” Mr Edmondson said. The poolside area has been created to be a sanctuary. Picture: supplied.“It feels like we’re on holidays every weekend. And the kids can get in the park, access the swings and ride their bikes without crossing a single road. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“For us, it’s the best blend of urban home with a tropical resort feel while still having that sense of space and community.”Set across two levels, the home has a separate lounge room on the ground floor along with an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, laundry and powder room. The kitchen has two pack cabinetry, stone benchtops and an island bench. center_img The separate living area looks out over the landscaped yard. Picture: supplied.“We like to sit out the front in the afternoon and evening looking out to the park, enjoying a glass of wine and that acreage feel as the sun sets,” he said. “On the weekend, and in summer in particular, we like being in the backyard with music on and the cricket on the outdoor TV.”The property is on the market through Todd Gerhardt of Remax Advantage.last_img read more

Akwa Utd, Dana Seal Partnership in Uyo Â

first_imgAkwa United FC and Dana Airlines, at the weekend in Uyo officially sealed their sponsorship as airline of the foremost Nigerian Professional Football League team.In an impressive ceremony held at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Chief Operating Officer/Accountable Manager of Dana, Mr. Obi Mbanuzu, said his airline, a foremost player in the Nigerian aviation industry was delighted to partner one of Nigeria’s most exciting clubs.“The decision to partner Akwa United is not accidental.  Overtime, we have come to confirm the  team as one of Nigeria’s most exciting club side and their top position on the league table today confirms our research.“Add to that, the rewarding experience we have had flying in and out of Uyo, capital of a very hospitable state and friendly people so this is also a way of putting something back into a rewarding operational base,” he said.In his response, Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Sports and Chairman of Akwa United Football Club, Mr. Paul Bassey, promised to make the partnership ‘worth Dana’s while’.“Today is a very rewarding day for us.  There is no doubt that one of the most challenging tasks facing Premier League clubs in Nigeria is in the area of travels.“You can imagine leaving Uyo by road to go and play matches in Maiduguri, Bauchi, Yobe, Ilorin, Katsina, Nasarawa, Jos. In less than one month, two clubs have had accidents on the road.  We are only happy that no lives were lost.“That is why we are grateful today that Dana has come in to help uplift us to our matches.  It is a great relief,” the Akwa United FC chairman noted.Part of the sponsorship also sees Dana rewarding the player of the month to the tune of N200,000, a move that the chairman believes will help get the best out of the players on a weekly basis.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more